The Greatest Athlete To Wear # 1/8 {Eddie Gaedel}

The Greatest Athlete To Wear # 1/8  {Eddie Gaedel}

Playing a midget named Eddie Gaedel was a publicity stunt by the great Bill Veeck when he was the owner of the St. Louis Browns. In a 1951 game against Detroit Gaedel came up to pinch-hit in the bottom of the 1st inning and walked on four pitches. He went to first base and was replaced by a pinch-runner. The next day he was banned from baseball. Eddie had a strike zone of 1 1/2 inches. Detroit’s pitcher Bob Cain of course could not throw a strike. Too bad Eddie isn’t around today he could possibly teach some of the members of my Pittsburgh Pirates some plate discipline.  Bill Veeck’s book “Veeck As In Wreck” has a great section about Gaedel. Gaedel wanted to swing the bat which would have ruined the whole idea of what Veeck wanted to do. Veeck told him that he had a man on the roof with a rifle and if he swung the bat at a pitch…..