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 Edward Stephen “Eddie” Waitkus

Edward Stephen “Eddie” Waitkus

Birth
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 15 Sep 1972 (aged 53)
Jamaica Plain, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot World War II Lot, Tier 22, Grave 39
Memorial ID 6479 · View Source
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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


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  • Added: 27 Sep 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6479
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edward Stephen “Eddie” Waitkus (4 Sep 1919–15 Sep 1972), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6479, citing Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .