Eddie Waitkus Autographed Vintage Spalding NL Baseball

Eddie Waitkus Autographed Vintage Spalding NL Baseball

Your Price:$1,500.00
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Item Code:I0039962
Eddie Waitkus (dec. 1972) was a Philadelphia Phillies first baseman and 2-time All-Star. He was a very solid player, but unfortunately, is best known for one of the earliest recognized cases of criminal stalking. On June 14, 1949, Ruth Ann Steinhagen, an obsessed fan, shot Waitkus at Chicago's Edgewater Beach Hotel. She immediately called to report the shooting and was found cradling his head in her lap. The bullet barely missed his heart, and after nearly dying several times on the operating table, it was successfully removed. His stalker was briefly confined to a mental institution, but never stood trial. Remarkably, just over 2 months after being shot, Waitkus returned on August 19, for the first time since he had been shot. He was feted by the Phillies on "Eddie Waitkus Night" at Shibe Park and showered with gifts. After playing in only 54 games, he finished the 1949 season with a .306 batting average. Waitkus continued his resurgence during the 1950 season as the leadoff hitter for the Phillies’ Whiz Kids team that won the National League Pennant, making his only post-season appearance the World Series. He led the team in scoring with 102 runs and was named the 1950 AP Comeback Player of the Year. His career was cut short due to health concerns, and Waitkus tragically passed away from cancer at the young age of 53. Author Bernard Malamud wove the basic elements of the Waitkus’ story into his book ‘The Natural’, published in 1952, and later made into a Hollywood film starring Robert Redford and Glenn Close. Collectors searching for his single-signed baseball have run into a difficult challenge. Offered here is a vintage Spalding official National League (Frick) baseball, that appears game used, and and hand signed by Ed Waitkus. The signature is guaranteed authentic, and includes a PSA/DNA Letter of Authenticity. These are extremely rare to find in any condition and would be a welcomed addition to any serious collection.

Note: This item does not include an individually numbered TRISTAR Authentication hologram, only the PSA/DNA authentication.

Player: Waitkus, Eddie
Item Type: Baseball
Signed: Yes

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