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Ruth Steinhagen is taken away in a police paddy wagon after shooting Phillies first baseman Eddie Waitkus in 1949. Steinhagen, 19, had developed an obsession for Waitkus. She checked into the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago and had a note sent to Waitkus' room saying she had to see him. When he arrived at her 12th-floor room, she shot him in the chest, just below the heart. He eventually recovered and played for six more seasons. Steinhagen was declared insane and committed to Kankakee State Hospital in Illinois. In 1952, she was judged sane and freed.