On August 19, 1951, at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis the St. Louis Browns were playing a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers.
In between games a 3 foot 7 inch, 65 pound midget named Eddie Gaedel jumped out of a 7 foot cake wearing a St. Louis Browns uniform with the number 1/8 as part of a promotional stunt to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the American League and the Falstaff Brewing Company, the radio sponsor of the Browns.
The story does not end here, in the bottom of the first inning Eddie Gaedel was sent in to pinch hit for Frank Saucier and after much debate the Browns manager produced a contract that was signed and filed two days earlier, but since it was a weekend the contract was not yet reviewed and voided by the league before the game, Eddie Gaedel was allowed to play.
The mighty Eddie Gaedel, the world's smallest baseball player, stepped up to bat, with a toy bat, and crouched, leaving a monsterous 1 1/2 inch strike zone.
Bob Cain was on the mound for the Detroit Tigers and after a laughing fit, got down to business and pitched to Eddie Gaedel.
Pitch 1: Ball - high
Pitch 2: Ball - high
Pitch 3: Ball - high
Pitch 4: Ball - high
The world's smallest baseball player walked on four straight pitches in his first and only at bat in his first and only baseball game.
After reaching base Jim Delsing was sent in as a pinch runner, but the Browns lost the game anyways.
After the stunt Major League Baseball made it mandatory that a contract must be approved by the league before the player can play.
That's a tough question...in a game on August 19, 1951 for the St. Louis Browns, the owner of the team, Bill Veeck (a very eccentric man) sent Eddie Gaedel (3'7") up to the plate, where he was walked on four pitches. It was actually meant as a publicity stunt; he first appeared out of a cake before the game he batted in, which was the second of a doubleheader. After he walked, he was replaced by a pinch-hitter. Another fun fact: he wore the uniform number 1/8. But if you want something more official, I don't really know.
Eddie Gaedel, midget at the bat by Bill Veeck who stood 3 feet 7 inchess tall.
David Eckstien who is only 5'6 and played for the Angels Cardinals Bluejays and is currently playing for the Padres.
Harry Chappas, White Sox SS from 1978-80, was probably the smallest player in recent memory (besides Eddie Gaedel), he went about 5'3, 150.
antione mkylos is the record shortest player in the history of MLB
The shortest player ever to appear in a Major League game was 3'7" Eddie Gaedel, who walked on four pitches in his only plate appearance.
Daniel Ray Herrara
He is 3' 7"
Jose Altuve, Houston Astros 5'5"
Jack Shapiro at 5 ft 1/2 inch is the shortest white player ( and shortest player) in NFL history
The shortest player in White Sox history was Harry Perry Chappas. He was only 5 feet and 3 inches tall. He played for the Chicago White Sox team from 1978 - 1980.
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Earl Boykins is one of the shortest players in NBA history standing at 5'5".