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Malamuds Incorporation of Actual Baseball Lore throughout The Novel Baseball is one of the oldest sports in the US It dates back to Civil War times Throughout baseball history many events happen that later become very famous and known The Natural by Bernard Malamud tells a story about a young striving baseball player Roy Hobbs that is trying to become a baseball hero Malamud revealed after writing the novel that he had no interest in or knowledge of baseball In preparation for his novel he read about what was in 1952 still unquestionably the national pastime Out of baseball ritual and lore Malamud distilled the heroic component of the game as a measure of man similar in nature to Homeric battles chivalric tournaments or the Arthurian quest for the Holy Grail The shooting of Ed Waitkus in 1949 by an emotionally disturbed girl in her Chicago hotel room Chuck Hostetlers fall between third and home base when he could have won the sixth game of the 1945 world series and The 1919 Chicago Black Sox scandal are some of the events incorporated into the novel be Malamud During baseball history many unfortunate things have happened For example Eddie Waitkus an outfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1949 shot in the stomach by a mysterious female fan in her hotel room This calamitous injury ends his career in 1949 In the novel a mysterious woman shoots Roy Hobbs as he was trying to catch the bullet in his hand The woman pulled the triggerthe bullet cut a silver line across the water He sought to catch it but it eluded him and to his horror bounced into his gut Malamud incorporates this historical event into the novel very well because he shows how Roy Hobbs is good enough to fight back into the majors even after a harmful gun wound Many entertaining things have happened during baseball history For example a major league
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