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In other words, something that just seems out of place. There is, however, one thing dramatically out of place in the photo. The batter is very small; so small, in fact, the catcher, despite kneeling, nevertheless appears to tower over him.

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Louis Browns. For a guy less than four feet tall, Eddie Gaedel made quite the splash when he made his Major League debut. Louis Browns uniform went down in sports history and made fans carefully consider where the line was drawn between athletics and entertainment.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Only one midget has ever played in a major league baseball game, and his name was Eddie Gaedel. Three foot seven and weighing in at just 65 pounds, Gaedel was a surprise pinch-hitter in a St. Bill Veeck was the owner of the Browns, and he was always on the look out for great publicity stunts.

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Pinch-hitter Eddie Gaedel, just 43 inches tall, takes a pitch high from Tigers pitcher Bob Cain in The catcher is Bob Swift and the umpire is Ed Hurley. As he stared into home plate to get the sign from his catcher Bob Swift, the tall right-handed hurler faced a batter unlike any other he had ever seen.

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The day after the Hall-of-Fame inductions, the old-timers were spinning through baseball history with previously unpublished tales. Perhaps the most fascinating story was about Eddie Gaedel, the midget Bill Veeck sent to the plate as a pinch hitter. It occurred Aug.

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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.

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News Feed Comments. The Story — Gaedel gained immortality in the second game of a St. Louis Browns doubleheader on Sunday, August 19, He made a single plate appearance and was walked with four consecutive balls before being replaced by a pinch-runner at first base.

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