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Thursday, September 29, 2011

1/8 Eddie Gaedel

James Thurber wrote a story in 1941 about a baseball team hiring a 2ft. 11in. player, figuring no one could throw a strike that low.

In 1951, the colorful Bill Veeck, owner of the St. Louis Browns, sent the 3ft. 7 in. tall Eddie Gaedel, with the number 1/8 on his jersey in to bat and he was walked.

Now did Bill Veeck ever read James Thurber's story or did they both just have the same idea?

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