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Eddie Gaedel
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Baseball Player
    (June 8, 1925-June 18, 1961)
    Birth name was Andrew Pavlou
    Nickname was 'Bruiser'
    Midget (3 feet 7 inches) signed by St Louis Browns owner Bill Veeck to pinch hit in the second game of a doubleheader vs. the Detroit Tigers (August 19, 1951)
    Had only one Major League appearance
    Walked on four pitches (all high) by Tigers pitcher Bob Cain (then replaced by a pinch runner)
    Wore uniform #1/8
    Died of a heart attack following a mugging at age 36
    Bill Veeck informed him a sniper was stationed on the rooftop and if he even though about swinging the bat he'd be shot.
    Cain could barely pitch to him from laughing so hard, but had the last laugh as the Tigers beat the Browns 6-2.
    American League president William Harridge felt Veeck made a mockery of baseball and voided his contract the next day.
    He did other promotions for Veeck that some considered demeaning, including a spaceman stunt.
    He became a hard drinker and was arrested for swearing at a cop, trying to convince him he was a major leaguer.
    He is part of major league folklore as one of the most publicized stunts in baseball history.
    After he took his base, hammed it up and was replaced he went to the dugout and stated in a thick Chicago accent, 'Man, I felt like Babe Root!'
    What kind of sniveling crook mugs a three and a half foot victim?
    Only one former major leaguer attended his funeral - Bob Cain, the man who walked him.
    Cain stated, 'I never even met him but I felt obligated to go. It kind of threw me for a loop that no other baseball people were there.'
    His uniform is in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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