South Pasadena to honor historic pinch-hitter with ‘Eddie Gaedel Day’

Standing at 3-foot-7 and weighing just 65 pounds, Eddie Gaedel made a giant impact on Major League Baseball history.

During a game on Aug. 19, 1952, Gaedel was added to the St. Louis Browns lineup as a pinch hitter vs. the Tigers. Wearing a jersey with the number ‘1/8’, Gaedel walked on four pitches … and into the pages of MLB lore with his 1.000 lifetime on-base percentage.

Gaedel remains the shortest and lightest player to ever take an MLB at-bat.

On Aug. 19, 2015 (the 64th anniversay of Gaedel’s historic appearance), the Los Angeles Chapter #3 of the Eddie Gaedel Society and the Baseball Reliquary will observe ‘Eddie Gaedal Day’ from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Griffins of Kinsale, a traditional Irish pub in South Pasadena.

In keeping with the Eddie Gaedal Society’s moto ‘Small talk, short speeches, and half-pint beers’, the festivities will include Bill Christine, a longtime MLB writer (LA Times from 1982-2006) and Baseball Hall of Fame voter, recalling the memories of Gaedel’s at-bat — one which Christine witnessed in person as a 13-year-old fan.