Sturgeon was the Cubs' shortstop as a
rookie in 1941, but a severe leg injury and
a three-year military stint followed. He returned to find himself a backup. While
playing shortstop against the Dodgers in 1947, he passed up a double play opportunity
to throw the relay at rookie Jackie Robinson
, striking him in the chest with the
throw. About six weeks later, Robinson reached base and ran on the first pitch. Not
sliding, Robinson threw a block at Sturgeon and knocked him halfway into left field.
Sturgeon suffered two broken ribs. In Sturgeon's final season he spelled Eddie Stanky
at second base for the 1948 pennant-winning Braves.