Woman Shooter Who Inspired ‘The Natural’ Story Dies

The Natural DVD CoverRuth Ann Steinhagen, a crazed Chicago Cubs fan who inspired the storyline in the 1952 novel and 1984 movie “The Natural,” after she shot Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Eddie Waitkus, has died at 83.  In both depictions, Roy Hobbs, the fictional version of Waitkus portrayed in the film by Robert Redford, is lured to a hotel room by a woman, played by Barbara Hershey, who shoots him.  Read more here.

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