Bill Veeck was the showman of baseball owners. In 1951, he brought in 3’7″ Eddie Gaedel to bat for the St. Louis Browns at a stunt to get publicity. It worked, as with one at-bat, he’s still a name baseball fans remember. the bat Gaedel used in that game will be auction by Heritage in the company’s Platinum Night event on Aug. 1.
You can learn a lot about today’s game of baseball by reading about its past. I tend to do so through biographies of such luminaries as Leo Durocher and Bill Veeck.
Bill Veeck, long considered one of the most creative baseball owners ever, will be highlighted in a special exhibit by the Baseball Reliquary in conjunction with a new book about the Hall of Famer.