Until 6'10" hurlers Randy Johnson and Eric Hillman made their debuts in the late 1980s, the 6'9" Gee was the tallest man ever to play major-league baseball. Despite his size, Gee never posted a winning record in his brief big-league career. (JGR)
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FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»July 31, 1939:
The Pirates buy baseball's tallest player, 6'9"
P Johnny Gee from Syracuse (IL).
»May 12, 1944: The Giants purchase six foot nine inch Johnny Gee from the Pirates. Gee has a major-league record of 5-8, but his chief attraction is that he is too tall for the draft. He will compile a 2-4 record for the Giants.