Cohen: The chilling story of Eddie Waitkus

From Rich Cohen at Sports Illustrated on September 13, 2017:

Eddie Waitkus was a standout in the National League. He’d broken in as a rookie with the Cubs in 1941 and—after missing three years while serving as an Army corporal in the Pacific and earning four Bronze Stars in World War II—had developed into a dangerous hitter and a fan favorite with the postwar Cubbies. He batted over .300 in 1946 and was an All-Star in ’48. Along the way he took on the trappings of a celebrity. He wore finely tailored suits and beautiful shoes. He was well-read, sophisticated. He was probably happy with his afternoon performance—he’d scored twice, and his team won 9–2; no matter the uniform, he always got a warm reception at Wrigley Field.

He knocked on the door. The woman was wearing a silky robe.

Waitkus walked past her into the room.

“What’s it all about?” he asked.

“I have a surprise for you,” she said, then went to the closet.

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Originally published: September 14, 2017. Last Updated: September 14, 2017.