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