Signature GameAug. 19, 1951 - Veeck's most famous stunt also produced one of baseball's most famous photographs: 3-foot-7, 65-pound Eddie Gaedel in a wide, righthanded, Joe DiMaggio-like stance holding a toy bat with Detroit catcher Bob Swift grabbing a high pitch and umpire Ed Hurley crouching lower than usual.
Replaced by a pinch-runner, Gaedel bowed and doffed his cap repeatedly, to the delight of 18,369 fans, the Browns' largest home crowd since 1947. "For a minute, I felt like Babe Ruth," Gaedel said after the Browns' 6-1 defeat.
While Commissioner Happy Chandler admitted he was amused by the ploy, American League President Will Harridge, more dour, struck Gaedel's name from the record book and banned further appearances by midgets. Veeck, never one to let a good gimmick die - and intending to use Gaedel again, preferably with the bases loaded - demanded Harridge declare a minimum height limit, wondering whether, if it were placed high enough, the league could get rid of Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto.
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