CHESTERFIELD, Mo. – A former Major League Baseball player who is best-known for serving once as a pinch runner for a midget has died.
Jim Delsing played outfield for the St. Louis Browns, Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees in his career.
He entered the spotlight on August 19, 1951. That's when the Browns' owner, Bill Veeck, sent a midget named Eddie Gaedel to the plate in the second game of a doubleheader. The Tigers' pitcher walked the midget on four pitches and Delsing took Gaedel's place on first base.
Delsing died of cancer last week at his home in Chesterfield, Missouri. He was 80.