Inquest Set for Edward Gaedel,
Who Played With Browns
CHICAGO, June 19 (AP) — An inquest has been ordered into the death of Edward Gaedel, the only midget ever to play baseball in the major leagues. He was 36 years old.
The inquest was ordered after the police noted bruises around the knees and on the left side of Mr. Gaedel's face after his body was discovered in the bedroom of his South Side apartment Sunday.
Mr. Gaedel made baseball history on August 19, 1951, when he popped out of a huge cake set up in Sportsman's Park in St. Louis as part of a between games show of a St. Louis doubleheader.
Mr. Gaedel, who was 3 feet 7 inches tall, was allowed to bat for the St. Louis Browns when he produced a contract signed by Bill Veeck, then president of the club. He was walked by the pitcher, Bob Cain.
It was the only time he appeared with the Browns. A few days later his contract was ruled invalid.