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Veeck's best known stunt hits anniversary

Updated: August 17, 2001, 4:23 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Fifty years ago Sunday, Bill Veeck pulled the best gimmick of his career, hiring Eddie Gaedel for a one-time-only appearance as a pinch hitter for the St. Louis Browns.

The gag was that Gaedel was just 3-foot-7. He wore uniform number 1/8 and bowed grandly twice as he trotted down the first base line after a predictable base on balls.

The anniversary will be marked by a re-enactment on Saturday at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. and a special on ESPN's "Outside ...

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