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For a minute, I felt like Babe Ruth. - Eddie Gaedel. Bill Veeck may have been the greatest promotional genius in baseball history. This photo shows what he might be most famous for; being the mastermind behind one of baseball’s most unusual stunts, when he sent 3’7” midget Edward Carl Gaedel to the plate as a pinch-hitter for the woebegone St. Louis Browns on August 19, of 1951 in Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis. Gaedel stepped up to the plate, and into baseball immortality, during the second game of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers. This is “the” classic photo from that day with the catcher Bob Swift on his knees behind home plate to get into the act. This is an all important one-of-a-kind on an original wire service “mount” that we have not seen before. Kind of like the wire service “original art.” EX.
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