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Edmund B. Fitzgerald dies at 87; known for baseball, shipwreck ties
Edmund B. Fitzgerald dies at 87; known for baseball, shipwreck ties

Baseball historians know him as a businessman who helped bring Major League ball back to Milwaukee, but Edmund B. Fitzgerald is better known for his family connection to one of America's most famous shipwrecks. All 29 sailors on the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald drowned in Lake Superior on Nov. 10, 1975. The next year, they were memorialized in Gordon Lightfoot's haunting ballad, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." The reasons for the wreck are still uncertain, but its legacy followed Fitzgerald throughout his life. In 1958, his mother, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, christened the massive iron ore freighter, whacking it three times before her champagne bottle broke. The...

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