Paul franchise in the Western League moving to Chicago became a reality. Playing as a Chicago baseball team for the first time, the White Stockings defeated the University of Illinois, , in Champaign. The team batted. Louis, The new stadium replaced the 39th Street Grounds, home of the White Sox from
Bill Veeck, Veeck--As In Wreck, excerpt
The day after the Hall-of-Fame inductions, the old-timers were spinning through baseball history with previously unpublished tales. Perhaps the most fascinating story was about Eddie Gaedel, the midget Bill Veeck sent to the plate as a pinch hitter. It occurred Aug. The 3-footinch Gaedel, playing for the St. Louis Browns and wearing uniform No.
Veeck: A Man For Any Season
Here are all of Veeck's wonderful stories: his battles against the game's Neanderthal owners, his shoestring operations with the various teams he owned, his running war with Commissioner Ford Frick-and, of course, the day he sent a midget up to bat. His story is packed with life and laughter from first page to last. The stories, especially the ones about such eccentric and fascinating old-timers as Satchel Paige and Casey Stengel, are filled with the pungent flavor of good old American folklore. In , in a moment of madness, I became owner and operator of a collection of old rags and tags known to baseball historians as the St. Louis Browns.
Gaedel gained recognition in the second game of a St. Louis Browns doubleheader on August 19, Gaedel made a single plate appearance and was walked with four consecutive balls before being replaced by a pinch-runner at first base.