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1951 Original Eddie Gaedel Wire Photo
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $480
Original Associated Press wire photo capturing Eddie Gaedel as a member of the St. Louis Browns during his one and only at bat in the major leagues at Sportsman's Park on August 19, 1951. Displayed on the reverse are an "Associated Press WirePhoto" stamping and an affixed newspaper clipping that is date stamped "Aug 20, 1951." A later clipping, dated "1989," is also affixed to the reverse, as are a few miscellaneous newspaper stampings and labels. This is one of baseball's most iconic images and, given its historical significance, odd that so few original photos have surfaced. This is the first original wire photo picturing Gaedel at the plate that we have ever handled and we can only recall having seen one other at auction over the past ten years. Gaedel, of course, was not your average player, but a "little person" whose career was limited to just one at bat before the rules of baseball were immediately revised to forbid players of such small stature. Hired by Bill Veeck to take part in his greatest publicity stunt, Gaedel, who stood three-feet, seven-inches, and weighed sixty-five pounds (the smallest major league player on record), appeared as a pinch hitter for the St. Louis Browns in the first inning of the second game of a doubleheader against Detroit at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis on August 19, 1951. After walking on four straight pitches Gaedel was immediately replaced by a pinch runner, thereby ending his brief Major League career. The photo (7 x 8 inches) displays a light horizontal crease along the top, as well as a few additional surface wrinkles. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Accompanied by an LOA from RMY Auctions.
Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $480
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