9 Comments on On This Day in 1951 – Bill Veeck Sent a Midget To the Plate
Shouldn’t he be playing Little League baseball. I think the preferred term is little people.
Eddies number on his jersey was “1/8”.
Bill Veeck was kind of famous for stunts to get crowds in the ballpark and this one caused quite a stir in the front office.
American League president Will Harridge, saying Veeck was making a mockery of the game, voided Gaedel’s contract the next day. In response, Veeck threatened to request an official ruling on whether Yankees shortstop and reigning MVP Phil Rizzuto was a short ballplayer or a tall midget.