A STAMP THAT HONORS EDDIE GAEDEL IS APPARENTLY A SHORT-LIVED DREAM

May 30, 1982

A hotshot Los Angeles lawyer named Jeff Wernick was flipping through a friend's album of U.S. stamps when it struck him that there were no stamps in it commemorating ballplayers. Then Wernick, who works for Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg & Tunney, one of the biggest law firms in L.A., discovered there are no stamps commemorating individual ballplayers. He called his pal "Big Jim" Finnegan in New York. Finnegan works for Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, an even bigger law firm. Finnegan's favorite player is the late Eddie Gaedel, the 3'7" midget whom Bill Veeck put in a game with his St. Louis Browns on Aug. 19, 1951. The two lawyers formed the Honor the Midget Committee, pelted the Postmaster General with letters demanding a Gaedel stamp and even had an artist, Walter Denn, design one.

Gaedel's best qualification for commemoration is that his strike zone measured 1½". Wearing No. ‚⅛, he walked on four pitches, was removed from first for a pinch runner and left baseball forever. The Post Office says it will consider the HMC's request, which might be what it tells people who want their pediatrician commemorated. But Gaedel has already been licked. A Jackie Robinson stamp will be out in August.

ILLUSTRATION

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)