“There are only two seasons – winter and baseball.” – BillVeeck
Bill Veeck was one of the most colorful owners in the history of major league baseball.
During his ownership of the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns and Chicago White Sox, he:
• Signed Larry Doby, the first African American to play in the American league.
• Signed the shortest player ever, 3 foot 7 inch Eddie Gaedel. In Eddie’s sole at-bat before
being banned by the commissioner, he walked on 4 pitches.
• Introduced “exploding scoreboards” and players’ names on the backs of their uniforms.
Veeck died in 1986 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991.
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