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Midget Gaedel walks in only MLB appearance

Updated: August 13, 2002, 6:05 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Aug. 19, 1951

In perhaps his most outrageous stunt, St. Louis Browns president Bill Veeck sends a midget to bat. Eddie Gaedel, all of 3-foot-7, pops out of a giant-sized cake and a few minutes later is sent up to pinch-hit for the Browns' leadoff hitter in the home first inning in the second game of a doubleheader against Detroit.

When "No. 1/8, Eddie Gaedel, batting for Saucier" is announced over the loudspeaker, home-plate umpire Ed Hurley points to the Browns dugout. ...

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