The MLB Network plans to air a segment today called “MLB Network Remembers: The Eddie Gaedel Story,” narrated by Bob Costas.
A short subject on many levels.
Yes, it was the 3-foot-7, 65-pound Eddie Gaedel who went to bat for the St. Louis Browns against the Detroit Tigers in 1951, conceived by Browns owner Bill Veeck and executed by manager Zach Taylor.
Pinch hitting for Frank Saucier, Gaedel was told to crouch low and not swing his toy bat. Remarkably, he drew a walk from Tigers pitcher Bill Cain.
And no midget has been allowed in the game since. And no discrimination lawsuit has been filed yet claiming …. whatever crack this falls into.
This story (more info linked here) has interviews with former St. Louis Browns outfielder Roy Sievers, former St. Louis Browns batboy Fred Buchholz, Gaedel’s nephew Bob Gaedel and St. Louis Browns historian Bill Borst.
It airs between 3 and 4 p.m. and re-airs throughout the night on “MLB Tonight.”