Greg July 31, Shortest player in Major League Baseball history. Falstaff personnel, who had been promised national publicity for their participation, were particularly dissatisfied. It was on that day, sixty years ago, that a 3'7" player came to bat. The 18, fans gave Gaedel a standing ovation. In the Thurber story, the player with dwarfism cannot resist swinging at a pitch, grounds out, and the team loses the game. As an adult, Eddie found work as a mascot for Mercury Records and during World War II Eddie had found employment as a riveter his stature made it easy for him to crawl inside the wings of planes.
Whether as a result of this or that he simply got mugged, at some point between the bowling alley and arriving home, he was beaten up on his way home. Gaedel came out of a papier-mache cake between games of a doubleheader at Sportsman's Park in St. In , Eddie made his last public appearance, dressed as a Martian and appearing out of a flying saucer at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Gaedel's grandnephew Kyle Gaedele was drafted in the 32nd round by the Tampa Bay Rays in out of high school.
His mother discovered Eddie lying dead in his bed. In , the Tigers finished the season in fifth place, while the Browns finished in their customary slot -dead last. The pitcher, Detroit Lion Bob Cain, laughed but threw the ball. Initially, Major League Baseball struck Gaedel from its record book, as if he had not been in the game. Neat stuff from the NeatoShop: Gaedel some sources say the family name may actually have been Gaedele  gained recognition in the second game of a St.