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April 13, 2015
April 13, 2015

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In honor of a little giant, the shortest players by sport

ON APRIL 1 former NFL quarterback Eddie LeBaron died at 85 in Stockton, Calif. A decorated Korean War veteran who stood only 5'7", LeBaron was known as the Little General during his 11-year career, from 1952 through '63, with Washington and Dallas. Eagles linebacker Chuck Bednarik once called him "the greatest little football player that ever lived," but he was not the shortest. Here, sport by sport, are the smallest players on record.*

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5'

4'

3'

2'

Eddie LeBaron

5'7"

Muggsy Bogues

5'3"

Bob Emmerich

5'3"†

Trindon Holliday

5'5"

Brian Kortan

5'3"

Roy Worters

5'3"

*AMONG PLAYERS WHO'VE APPEARED IN MORE THAN ONE GAME.

†EMMERICH IS ONE OF FOUR 5'3" PLAYERS IN MLB HISTORY (YO-YO DAVALILLO, STUBBY MAGNER, MIKE MCCORMACK)

PHOTOIMPERIAL OIL--TUROFSKY/HOCKEY HALL OF FAME (WORTERS)PHOTOAL MESSERSCHMIDT/GETTY IMAGES (KORTAN)PHOTOJOHN W. MCDONOUGH FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (HOLLIDAY)PHOTOBRUCE BENNETT STUDIOS/GETTY IMAGES (EMMERICH)PHOTOJIM GUND/GETTY IMAGES (BOGUES)PHOTONATE FINE/WIREIMAGE/GETTY IMAGES (LEBARON)CHART