Gaedel some sources say the family name may actually have been Gaedele , which is the name seen on his gravestone  gained recognition in the second game of a St. Louis Browns doubleheader on August 19, Gaedel made a single plate appearance and was walked with four consecutive balls before being replaced by a pinch-runner at first base. Louis Browns owner Bill Veeck , in his autobiography Veeck — As in Wreck , said of Gaedel, "He was, by golly, the best darn midget who ever played big-league ball. He was also the only one. Due to his size, Gaedel had worked as a riveter during World War II , and was able to crawl inside the wings of airplanes.
Bill Veeck and Charlie Finley: What About MLB Hall of Fame Enshrinement? | Roger Launius's Blog
Bill Veeck and Charlie Finley are two of the most interesting, original, and provocative owners in Major League Baseball. Both had adept promotional skills, and remarkably similar beliefs, yet observers of the game have assigned them remarkably different places in significance. Veeck, as owner of the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns, and Chicago White Sox in the s and s and again later has achieved folk hero status as a baseball original. All of this points up his innovative nature and has given him a folk hero status.
Show All Days. The zany Bill Veeck pulled the craziest stunt of his attention-getting career when he signed a 3-foot inch midget to a contract and arranged for him to go to bat in a major league game as a pinch-hitter. He was walked, of course, because the midget strike zone was too small to find. Veeck's madcap antics have never before violated good taste. But this one is positively indecent, an ignoble burlesque of a noble sport.
Louis Browns. For a guy less than four feet tall, Eddie Gaedel made quite the splash when he made his Major League debut. Louis Browns uniform went down in sports history and made fans carefully consider where the line was drawn between athletics and entertainment.