The Ballad of Eddie Gaedel.

In further deference to the spirit of this off-season, and to the fact that time is short as we run smack dab into Christmas in only three more days, here’s another parody I wrote ten years ago about the time on August 19, 1951 that St. Louis Browns club owner Bill Veeck sent a vertically challenged person (a so-called “midget” back in the pre-PC days) into a game against the Detroit Tigers. It only happened once, but it turned a memory that shall last forever. Here it is again for your last minute Christmas shopping pleasure or displeasure, “The Ballad of Eddie Gaedel”, as sung to the tune of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”:

The Ballad of Eddie Gaedel
(sung to the tune of “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer”)
by Bill McCurdy, 1999.

Bill Veeck, the Brownie owner,
Wore some very shiny clothes!
And if you saw his sport shirt,
You would even say, “It glows!”

All of the other owners,
Used to laugh and call him names!
They wouldn’t let poor Bill Veeck,
Join in any owner games!

(chorus)
Then one humid summer day,
Bill Veeck had to – fidget!
Got an idea that stirred his soul,
He decided to sign a – midget!

His name was Eddie Gae-del,
He was only three feet tall!
He never played much baseball,
He was always just too small!

(chorus)
Then one day in Sportsman’s Park,
Eddie went to bat!
Took four balls and walked to first,
Then retired – just-like-that!

Oh, how the purists hated,
Adding little Eddie’s name,
To the big book of records,
“Gaedel” bore a blush of shame!

Now when you look up records,
Look up Eddie’s O.B.P.!
It reads a cool One Thousand,
Safe for all eternity.

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2 Responses to “The Ballad of Eddie Gaedel.”

  1. Wayne Williams Says:

    Since we know who ran for Eddie Gaedel, who did Eddie pinch hit for? I can tell you he does not like to be reminded of it although he only had one major league hit.

  2. Bill McCurdy Says:

    Eddie Gaedel was a pinch hitter for the Browns lead-off man in the bottom of the first inning. That man was outfielder Frank Saucier. Jim Delsing, of course, was the pinch runner for Gaedel once he received a four-pitch walk from lefty Bob Cain of the Tigers. Wayne, you are so correct. Saucier was both embarrassed and angry over the Gaedel pinch hitting assignment. In fact, its often been said that this event was one of the reasons, if not the main one, for Saucier’s disinterest in the St. Louis Browns reunion dinners in recent years. He was not alone. Bob Turley and Johnny Groth had no interest either in the Brownie reunion banquets as opportunities to reminisce. “Forgetaboutit” seems to sum up the affection of Saucier, Turley, and Groth for their days as Browns.

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