Today would be the birthday of one of the most interesting players in baseball history, Eddie Gaedel. At 3’6″ tall, he was by far the shortest player ever to play in a major league game. St. Louis Brown owner Bill Veeck talks about the genesis of one of his wildest stunts ever.
“Eddie,” I said gently, “I’m going to be up on the roof with a high-powered rifle watching every move you make. If you so much as look as if you’re going to swing, I’m going to shoot you dead.”