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Classic Eddie Gaedel Wire Photo

Classic Eddie Gaedel Wire Photo

This classic 6x9" photo shows 3'7" dwarf Eddie Gaedel stepping into the batter's box against the Detroit Tigers pitcher Bobby Cain in a promotional stunt designed by St. Louis Brown's owner Bill Veeck. With the Browns suffering significantly in the standings during the 1951 season, Veeck trotted out Gaedel (wearing jersey number "1/8") as an act of ridiculous showmanship. Gaedel drew a walk and was quickly replaced by a pinch runner. Gaedel never played in another game as AL President Will Harridge immediately put a stop to such mischief. The photo includes newspaper clippings regarding the story.


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