Flashback: Walk is a hit

Eddie Gaedel walked on four straight pitches in his lone at-bat in Major League Baseball. AP Photo

It’s been called the strangest at-bat in major-league history, and it took place on this day in 1951. In the second game of a doubleheader between the St. Louis Browns and the Detroit Tigers, 3-foot, 7-inch Eddie Gaedel walked to the plate to face Tigers lefty Bob Cain. Four pitches later, Gaedel, who had been signed to a contract as a publicity stunt by owner Bill Veeck, walked to first base. He was removed for a pinch runner, banned from the game two days later and retired with a perfect on-base percentage. Gaedel died of a heart attack after an apparent mugging on June 18, 1961.