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. Though clearly short of stature, the batter is made even smaller as he leans slightly back over his flexed right leg. Although the faces and expressions of the fans in the background are blurred and difficult to make out, they undoubtedly share with the viewer the same shocked realization: The batter is, in the parlance of the day, a midget. The idea for such an audacious stunt had been percolating in the mind of one man practically his whole life.
Life of baseball’s smallest pinch-hitter came to a tragic end
VEECK`S MIDGET PLAN WAS PICTURE PERFECT - Chicago Tribune
Hear our news on-air at our partner site:. Live Stream Schedule In Person. It's not often a big leaguer can leave an impression with one career plate appearance, but 65 years ago today Eddie Gaedel did just that. In the second game of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers on August 19, , the woeful St. Eddie Gaedel tips his hat to the crowd as he walks back to the dugout. 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.
VEECK`S MIDGET PLAN WAS PICTURE PERFECT
The day after the Hall-of-Fame inductions, the old-timers were spinning through baseball history with previously unpublished tales.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.
Gaedel 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.