Bill Veeck…

the man who brought a midget ((Eddie Gaedel) to bat in the major leagues, was born on this date in 1914.

Read about Gaedel’s time at the plate, told as the first chapter of Veeck’s autobiography, Veeck as in Wreck: “When Eddie went into that crouch, his strike zone was just about visible to the naked eye. I picked up a ruler and measured it for posterity. It was 1-1/2 inches. Marvelous.”

Veeck (it rhymes with wreck) died in 1986. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991.