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Eddie Gaedel

AKA Edward Carl Gaedel

Born: 8-Jun-1925
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Died: 18-Jun-1961
Location of death: Chicago, IL
Cause of death: Heart Attack
Remains: Buried, St. Mary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, Evergreen Park, IL

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Baseball

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Dwarf MLB player

Sixty-five pound, 3'7" novelty baseball player, hired by Bill Veeck to play one single game for the St. Louis Browns on 19 August 1951. Detroit Tigers pitcher Bob Cain attempted to throw strikes, but the strike zone for a midget is not large. Gaedel took first base after four balls were thrown. Due to this stunt, contracts with new players must be run through the Commissioner of Baseball's office. Gaedel died from a heart attack after a mugging in Chicago.

Father: Carl Gaedel
Mother: Helen Janicki

    Buster Brown Shoes
    Ringling Brothers Circus
    Disorderly Conduct Cincinnati, OH (May-1951)
    Mugged Chicago, IL (1961)
    Lithuanian Ancestry Paternal
    Polish Ancestry Maternal
    Risk Factors: Dwarfism, Alcoholism

    St. Louis Browns 19-Apr-1951

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