Tag Archives: Eddie Gaedel

Best Short Players in History

On August 19, 1951, Eddie Gaedel walked. Wow. Isn’t that amazing?

Oh, it might help if you knew that he was 3’7″ tall. As part of a publicity stunt from the infamous Bill Veeck, then owner of the St. Louis Browns, he got an at-bat in the second half of a double-header. He jumped out of a cake in between games and donned a jersey with the number “1/8” on the back. He drew a four-pitch walk and promptly retired with a 1.000 OBP. The next day, the MLB office voided his contract, and it required that all future contracts gain its approval before becoming official. Continue reading