The day after the Hall-of-Fame inductions, the old-timers were spinning through baseball history with previously unpublished tales.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. The 3-footinch Gaedel, playing for the St. Louis Browns and wearing uniform No. Gaedel drew a four-pitch walk.
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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. Eddie Gaedel was 43 inches tall and waved a toy bat in his hands, but he was a legitimate big league hitter, at least for that one plate appearance. The date was August 19, , and the Detroit Tigers were playing the St. Louis Browns in the second game of a doubleheader in St. In between the games, the Browns had put on a show to delight the 18, spectators.
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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 prior , he 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.
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. Veeck's madcap antics have never before violated good taste. But this one is positively indecent, an ignoble burlesque of a noble sport.