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Edward Stephen "Eddie" Waitkus
Birth: Sep. 4, 1919
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Sep. 15, 1972
Jamaica Plain
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA

Major League Baseball Player. He was first baseman for the 1950 Phillies "Whiz Kids." Two-Time All-Star (once for the Cubs, once for the Phils). While the Phillies were in Chicago to play the Cubs in 1949, he was shot in the chest by a deranged female fan who was obsessed with him. He was severely injured and missed the rest of the 1949 season, but recovered to play in all of the Phillies pennant winning 1950 season games. The incident was the real-life inspiration for Bernard Malamud's baseball novel "The Natural," which was made into a movie starring Robert Redford. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
Cambridge Cemetery
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: World War II Lot, Tier 22, Grave 39
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Record added: Sep 27, 1999
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Edward Stephen Eddie Waitkus
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Edward Stephen Eddie Waitkus
Added by: Russ Dodge
Edward Stephen Eddie Waitkus
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Just learned of your story today. You must have fought so hard to come back from your shooting. You are remembered fondly. May you rest in peace.
- Joy from Texas
 Added: Mar. 13, 2014
Mr. Waitkus, You were my Batting Coach at the Ted Williams Camp in between my senior year in High school and my first year playing college baseball. You nicknamed me the Midnight Cowboy after the Police picked me and several members of the Camps travel te...(Read more)
- Bobby Granger
 Added: Dec. 7, 2013
He was an awesome guy and a great Veteran:Waitkus received many awards for his service during the war. He earned four Bronze Stars and also four overseas bars. The ribbons that he received were the American Theatre Ribbon and the Philippine Liberation Rib...(Read more)
 Added: Nov. 28, 2013
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