Gaedel was given a $15,400 major league baseball contract and instructed not to swing. The original idea of a little person batting in a baseball game had been used in a 1941 short story (no pun intended) by james thurber called “you could look it up” (veeck always denied the story was his inspiration). By 1951, eddie was working as a bartender at “the midget club,” a bar in chicago that employed only little people. Tens of thousands of games have been played in the history of major league baseball. He also maintained a relationship with veeck. Neatorama is the neat side of the web.
) on june 8, 1961, he was found dead in his room by a family member. In the bottom of the first inning of game two, the surprised crowd looked on as st.