Babe Ruth meeting with young St. Louis Browns batboy, William DeWitt. Yes, that’s the same Bill DeWitt who grew up to own the Cardinals. A bit of trivia here: that uniform he’s wearing was later “borrowed” by Eddie Gaedel because it was the only one that would fit!

Babe Ruth meeting with young St. Louis Browns batboy, William DeWitt. Yes, that’s the same Bill DeWitt who grew up to own the Cardinals. A bit of trivia here: that uniform he’s wearing was later “borrowed” by Eddie Gaedel because it was the only one that would fit!

On August 19, 1951, owner Bill Veeck sends three-foot, seven-inch Eddie Gaedel to bat for his St. Louis Browns. Gaedel, who had been signed by Veeck in perhaps his most famous publicity stunt, walks on four pitches from Detroit Tigers left-hander Bob Cain. Gaedel, who is removed for pinch-runner Jim Delsing, will be banned from baseball two days later.