Today I found out there once was a little person who played in Major League Baseball. This man was 26 year old, 3 feet, 7 inch tall Eddie Gaedel. When Veeck began scheming ideas to bolster attendance for his newly acquired, struggling team, the St.
In the second game of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers on August 19,the woeful St. Although the home plate ump was initially confused by the move, after being presented with Gaedel's official American League contract submitted just two days priorhe called for the game to resume. After a strategy meeting with his catcher, Tigers lefty Bob Cain proceeded to walk the batter on four pitches, being unable to locate Gaedel's diminutive strike zone.
He's known for ballpark giveaways, exploding scoreboards, and a midget at the plate. His oddball promotional schemes brought him public attention and unparalleled success. But to the people who knew him, baseball owner Bill Veeck was more than a talented promoter.
Gaedel some sources say the family name may actually have been Gaedelewhich is the name seen on his gravestone  gained recognition in the second game of a St. Louis Browns doubleheader on August 19, Gaedel made a single plate appearance and was walked with four consecutive balls before being replaced by a pinch-runner at first base.
This article was published in the The National Pastime. Hall of Fame baseball owner Bill Veeck is remembered for many things, including winning American League pennants as owner of the Cleveland Indians in and the Chicago White Sox in ; suffering injuries as a Marine in WWII that required him to use a wooden leg the rest of his life; signing Larry Doby as the first openly African American player in the American League; and bringing Satchel Paige to the Cleveland Indians as a year-old rookie. Louis Browns in
San Diego Padres minor leaguer Kyle Gaedele has a interesting claim to fame: he is the grandnephew of Eddie Gaedelthe shortest MLB player ever, who made his one and only Major League Baseball appearance 64 years ago today. The event was kept heavily under wraps by team owner Bill Veeck. According to an ESPN article from :.
William Louis Veeck Jr. Veeck was at various times the owner of the Cleveland IndiansSt. Louis Browns and Chicago White Sox.
Show All Days. The zany Bill Veeck pulled the craziest stunt of his attention-getting career when he signed a 3-foot inch midget to a contract and arranged for him to go to bat in a major league game as a pinch-hitter. He was walked, of course, because the midget strike zone was too small to find.