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Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs posed batting during batting practice, circa 1959. BL-1562.76 (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs posed batting during batting practice, circa 1959. BL-1562.76 (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

Eddie Gaedel Becomes The Only Little Person To Play Major League Baseball.  At 3'7" tall, Eddie Gaedel had a nearly invisible strike zone, which (along with selling tickets) is just what St. Louis Browns owner Bill Veeck had in mind when he staged this publicity stunt. Gaedel was under orders not to swing and he walked on four pitches. He was immediately pinch-run for, and his jersey (number "1/8") currently hangs in the Baseball Hall Of Fame.

Eddie Gaedel Becomes The Only Little Person To Play Major League Baseball. At 3'7" tall, Eddie Gaedel had a nearly invisible strike zone, which (along with selling tickets) is just what St. Louis Browns owner Bill Veeck had in mind when he staged this publicity stunt. Gaedel was under orders not to swing and he walked on four pitches. He was immediately pinch-run for, and his jersey (number "1/8") currently hangs in the Baseball Hall Of Fame.

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