Eddie Waitkus (1919-1972) is a real life baseball player, who made his debut in 1941, playing 1st base for the Chicago Cubs (1941; 1946-1948). He then played for the Philadelphia Phillies (1949-1953) and then the Baltimore Orioles (1954-1955), before ending his career as a second time Philly in 1955. Waitkus would become the inspiration for Bernard Malamud's 1952 book, The Natural. It would be adapted for film in 1984. This is the book that Dylan references when talking about the story he read with his father.