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Old Jan 11th 2008, 9:42 pm
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I would have never guessed this, but the player was Eddie Waitkus.


I copied and pasted this from wikipedia. Wow, what a read.

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Edward Stephen Waitkus (born September 4, 1919 in Cambridge, Massachusetts; died September 16, 1972 in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts) was an American first baseman in Major League Baseball who had an 11-year career (1941, 1946-1955).

He played for the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies in the National League and for the Baltimore Orioles of the American League.

He was elected to the National League All-Star team twice (1948 and 1949).

Eddie Waitkus, the son of Lithuanian immigrants, grew up in Boston. He saw some of the bloodiest fighting of World War II with the U.S. Army in the Philippines, earning four Bronze Stars. Upon his return to baseball he quickly became a star for the Chicago Cubs. He also became a popular media figure, as he was well-educated and could speak several languages.

Just a few years into the start of what seemed a very promising career, Waitkus was shot in the chest by Ruth Ann Steinhagen, an obsessed fan, on June 14, 1949 at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago. Steinhagen had become infatuated with him when he was a Cub, but seeing him every day in-season apparently kept her obsession in check. Once he was traded to the Phillies and would only be in Chicago 11 games in the season, her obsession grew to dangerous proportions. She checked into the hotel using the alias of a former high school classmate of his, and left a note at the desk asking him to come to her hotel room on an urgent matter. She then shot him with a rifle, the bullet barely missing his heart. He nearly died several times on the operating table before the bullet was successfully removed. Steinhagen never stood trial, but instead was confined to a mental institution. A lengthy writeup about Steinhagen's obsession and stalking was covered at length in one of the Fireside Book of Baseball entries.

Author Bernard Malamud, who was a baseball fan, took the basic elements of the Waitkus story and wove them along with various baseball legends (notably Joe Jackson), into a novel, a morality tale called The Natural. The book was released in 1952, and was eventually made into a film that was released in 1984.

The DVD extras for the film contain a biography of Waitkus, which points out that writers in his rookie year often called Waitkus "a natural", a fact which Malamud presumably picked up on. Malamud's version of the tale ended tragically, and unknowingly foreshadowed Waitkus' own downfall as a player. The DVD biography makes the point that Waitkus essentially suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of his shooting, which ultimately affected both his career and his marriage. He went through some rough times and died at a relatively young age from esophageal cancer. But his final years were satisfying to him, as he became an instructor for Ted Williams' baseball camp, an activity he enjoyed and which he continued almost to the end of his life.
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Billy Williams day at Wrigley Field, June 29 1969, is celebrated by the future Hall of Famer with a 5-9 performance and doubleheader sweep of St. Louis.

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Two Cubs outfielders are both chiefly noted for breaking up no-hit bids by Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver in the 9th inning.
Can you name them?
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Good find Skullkey!! That is a really cool piece of history.


Fact #2 is trivia time.

What Cubs pitcher tossed a no-hitter in his Chicago debut?

-chime in if you know. I will post the answer tomorrow if no one gets it.
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Do you by any chance listen into The David Stein Show late night on sporting news radio? I work the night shift and have been listening for years. What a great concept, a celebration of life through sports. It doesn't deal with the X's and O's, but takes a personal and human spin of the world of sports. Everybody that reads this should give the show a listen.
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Do you by any chance listen into The David Stein Show late night on sporting news radio? I work the night shift and have been listening for years. What a great concept, a celebration of life through sports. It doesn't deal with the X's and O's, but takes a personal and human spin of the world of sports. Everybody that reads this should give the show a listen.
Is it syndicated because i live in VA? I have never listened to it.
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RIP, Don Cardwell died on Monday!
Man i hope i didn't jinx him.

His legacy will live on in this thread. RIP Don Cardwell.
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the answer to the previous question is,

Jimmy Qualls in 1969, and Joe Wallis in 1975.

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World War II era outfielder Lou Novikoff is renowned for once attempting to steal third base with the bases loaded.
"I got such a good jump on the pitcher" - "The Mad Russian" allegedly explained.
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What unusual feat did Cubs reliever Elmer "Smokey" Singleton accomplish on May 10 1959?
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