Eddie Waitkus, The Natural
December 31, 2008 5:37 PM   Subscribe

You have probably heard of Roy Hobbs, the fictional baseball player in The Natural. The book and movie were loosely base on the life of Eddie Waitkus. Eddie was having a fine pro baseball career, when on the night of June 14, 1949 an obsessed girl, Ruth Ann Steinhagen, lured him into a hotel room and shot him.
posted by lee (7 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Steinhagen was no Barbara Hershey.

I like Barbara Hershey.
posted by Joe Beese at 5:57 PM on December 31, 2008

posted by leotrotsky at 7:14 PM on December 31, 2008

I love Eddie's initial reaction: "I don't know what got into that silly honey. Why pick on a nice guy like me?"
posted by Knappster at 7:46 PM on December 31, 2008

Let's hear it for stalkers!

Hip hip hooray... Why is no one cheering with me?
posted by flipyourwig at 8:05 PM on December 31, 2008

Using my vast knowledge of Craniometry I have been able to determine that Ruth Ann Steinhagen's vast forehead, known to Craniometrists as a "Fivehead", was without a doubt the cause of her aberrant behavior. It is unfortunate that corrective fivehead surgery was not available until 1958, it could have saved a life.
posted by MikeMc at 9:07 PM on December 31, 2008

An armed society is a polite society.
posted by telstar at 12:13 AM on January 1, 2009

Check out the arm on that society!
posted by fleacircus at 1:15 AM on January 1, 2009

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