See that guy in the middle, sitting down and looking like he'd rather be anywhere else? That's Eddie Waitkus, a first baseman for the Phillies. See the young lady on the left side of the frame? That's Ruth Steinhagen, the woman who on June 14, 1949, tried to kill Eddie Waitkus.
Excerpted from Eddie and the Gun Girl, a Kindle Single about the shooting of Eddie Waitkus, the real-life event that's best known as the fictional pivot of Bernard Malamud's The Natural. Annotations by the author appear throughout.