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Edward Stephen "Eddie" Waitkus
Birth: Sep. 4, 1919
Cambridge
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) 
 
Burial:
Cambridge Cemetery
Cambridge
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
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Edward Stephen Eddie Waitkus
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Rest in heavenly peace, Eddie.
- Patrick Flahive
 Added: Jun. 30, 2014

- Patrick Flahive
 Added: Jun. 30, 2014
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
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