August 19, 1951
The Detroit Tigers pitched to the first midget.
Bill Veeck, owner of the St. Louis Browns, sent 3′ 7″ Eddie Gaedell in to bat against the Detroit Tigers. Gaedell walked on four pitches. Major league baseball quickly passed a rule that all players had to be at least 4′ 8″ tall.
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