Eddie Gaedel

American baseball player (1925–1961)

Edward Carl "Eddie" Gaedel (June 8, 1925– June 18, 1961) is a former professional baseball player. Gaedel played in his only major league game on August 19, 1951, against the Detroit Tigers. He got walked on four pitches in a row and was taken out of the game. Gaedel was officially listed as standing 3 feet 7 inches (109 cm) and weighing 65 pounds (29 kg).[1]

Eddie Gaedel
Pinch hitter
Born: (1925-06-08)June 8, 1925
Chicago, Illinois
Died: June 18, 1961(1961-06-18) (aged 36)
Chicago, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Left
MLB debut
August 19, 1951, for the St. Louis Browns
Last MLB appearance
August 19, 1951, for the St. Louis Browns
MLB statistics
On-base percentage1.000
Batting average
Plate appearances1
Base on balls1
Career highlights and awards
  • Shortest player in Major League Baseball history


  1. "Eddie Gaedel Statistics and History". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved July 3, 2011.

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