The day after the Hall-of-Fame inductions, the old-timers were spinning through baseball history with previously unpublished tales.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.
VEECK`S MIDGET PLAN WAS PICTURE PERFECT
That Time A 3-Foot-7 Dwarf Had A Major League Plate Appearance | LAist
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.
That Time A 3-Foot-7 Dwarf Had A Major League Plate Appearance
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.
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.