Wednesday, December 29, 2010

1908 St. Louis Browns - Part 3

1908 St. Louis Browns (R)

The most memorable moment in Brown's history occurred on August 19, 1951 when the Brown's sent up Eddie Gaedel to the plate in the second game of a double header.  Memorable because Eddie was only 3 feet 7 inches tall, the shortest player in major league baseball history.

Eddie walked on 4 pitches from the Detroit Tiger's Bob Cain and was then replaced by a pinch runner Jim Delsing.

Eddie was ordered by Brown's eccentric owner Bill Veeck not take the bat off his shoulder. 

Eddie Gaedel's Uniform

The following day American League president Will Harridge cancelled Eddie's contract. Eddie finished his career with a 1.000 on base percentage. 

Read about the interesting life of Bill Veeck:

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