The Story Of Eddie Gaedel, Major League Baseball's Shortest Player
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. Gaedel was born in Chicago on June 8, By the time he was fully grown, he measured 3 feet 7 inches tall and weighed about 65 pounds. Despite being teased for most of his childhood, he managed to graduate high school and find work.
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.