Ruth Steinhagen, Obsessed Fan Who Shot Player, Inspired Movie, Dies 83

Ruth Ann Steinhagen (December 23, 1929 – December 29, 2012) was an American woman who shot and nearly killed Eddie Waitkus, star first baseman of the Philadelphia Phillies, on June 14, 1949 in one of the first instances of what later became known as stalker crimes. The incident is one of the inspirations for the 1952 baseball book The Natural, made into a film in 1984 (starring Robert Redford)

Ruth Ann Steinhagen cause of death

Ruth Ann Steinhagen died of natural causes at 83 in late December in Chicago.  She had lived more than half a century in obscurity.