Jack Bales, Reference and Humanities Librarian, earned an M.S. (1974) in library science from the University of Illinois and a B.A. (1973) in English from Illinois College. Although a librarian by vocation, he is a writer by avocation and has published numerous works for books, journals, magazines, and newspapers. His books include literary studies on American authors Horatio Alger, Jr., Kenneth Roberts (Northwest Passage), Esther Forbes (Johnny Tremain), and southern author Willie Morris (best known for the award-winning North Toward Home and the memoir My Dog Skip, which was made into a popular motion picture). A member of the Society for American Baseball Research, he has written articles on the Chicago Cubs for the Baseball Research Journal and Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture.
Bales particularly enjoys sharing his knowledge of research techniques with students. Working closely with the various UMW disciplines in the humanities, he provides not only one-on-one assistance to students needing term paper help but also class instruction.
Jack Bales in the News
- Bales Receives McFarland/SABR Baseball Research AwardJack Bales, Humanities Reference Librarian, has been awarded the McFarland/SABR Baseball Research Award for his article, "The Show Girl and the Shortstop: The Strange Saga of Violet Popovich and Her Shooting of Cub Billy Jurges." Jack’s article appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of Baseball Research Journal. This award is... Read more »
- Bales Publishes Article in Baseball JournalJack Bales, Reference and Humanities Librarian, had his latest critical baseball study, “Baseball’s First Bill Veeck,” published as the lead article in the fall 2013 issue of The Baseball Research Journal. Bales’s biographical piece in the peer-reviewed journal is the first major work on William L. Veeck Sr., who as... Read more »
- Reference Librarian Jack Bales Debunks Baseball LegendReference and Humanities Librarian Jack Bales has written an article debunking the Chicago Cubs' famous Billy Goat Curse for ChicagoSide, an online sports magazine. The so-called curse dates to 1945, when a Chicago tavern owner was asked to remove his pet goat from the Cubs' Wrigley Field during the fourth... Read more »
- Jack Bales’ Exhibit Featured in the Chicago Cubs’ MagazineJack Bales, reference and humanities librarian, wrote a letter to the editor that is featured in the December 2011 issue of Vine Line, the official magazine of the Chicago Cubs. The letter discusses the exhibit, “Before They Were Loveable Losers: The Pennant-Winning Chicago Cubs,” that has been on display in... Read more »