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Eddie Gaedel from the Chronology
Jun 18, 1961 - St. Louis Browns midget Eddie Gaedel dies of a heart attack following a mugging in Chicago. He was 36. The only major leaguer who will be at his funeral is Bob Cain the pitcher who walked Gaedel in his only ML game.
Apr 19, 1961 - Washington's Marty Kutyna pitches brilliantly in relief yielding 4 hits in 6 1/3 scoreless innings to ruin Chicago's home opener 7-2. As in Washington's opener JFK throws out first ball-but this JFK is from Oak Lawn near Chicago. Eddie Gaedel and 7 other midgets act as vendors in the box seat sections. This is Veeck's response to complaints that vendors were blocking the view of fans.
May 26, 1959 - At Comiskey Park a helicopter lands behind 2B before a Sox-Indians game and four midgets dressed as spacemen jump out. Capturing 5'9" Nellie Fox and 5'10" Luis Aparicio the spacemen led by Eddie Gaedel present the 2 with ray guns. Gaedel reportedly says "I don't want to be taken to your leader; I already know him." Don Ferrarase then allows 4 hits to beat the Sox 3-0. The pitcher hits 3 doubles and drives in 2 runs to pace the attack.
Aug 19, 1951 - In his most interesting promotional stunt Bill Veeck signs a 3'7" midget Eddie Gaedel who goes to bat wearing the number 1?8 in the first inning of the nightcap with the Tigers. Lefty Bob Cain laughingly walks him on 4 pitches. Jim Delsing then pinch runs but the Tigers win 6-2 after winning 5-2. Two days later the ML bars Eddie Gaedel from appearing in any more games.
Jul 26, 1946 - In a move that foreshadows Bill Veeck's use of Eddie Gaedel the Indians try and use a midget at third base. With Ted Williams about to step in the batters box at Fenway the Indians move into the Williams shift. Three-foot tall Marco Songini runs onto the field and takes over the empty third base spot. The umps then wave him off. The Red Sox win 5-1.
Sep 18, 1905 - Nearly fifty years before Eddie Gaedel makes his appearance, midget Jerry Sullivan pinchhits in an Eastern League game for Buffalo. Bison manager George Stallings, who met Sullivan, a vaudeville performer, in their Baltimore hotel the night before, invites him out to the game against Baltimore. He even provides a small uniform. Sullivan takes pre-game pracitce and coaches at 3B for two innings, as Baltimore takes a 10–2 lead into the 9th inning. After C Frank McManus singles for Buffalo, Sullivan goes in as a pinch hitter. Fred Burchell’s first pitch is high and his second is a lob that the diminutive Sullivan loops for a single. Jake Gettman then singles and Burchell fires a wild pitch advancing both runners. Frank LaPorte singles and Sullivan scores on a crowd-pleasing head first slide. The final is 10–6, and Sullivan ends his pro career hitting 1.000.