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Eddie Edward Gaedel Autograph St Louis Browns Baseball Midget Rare Signed Cut Paper
A cut piece of lined paper about 3" x 5 1/2" signed by Edward Gaedel (adding "St Louis Browns") in pencil. Gaedel became famous for batting once in a doubleheader being played by the St Louis Browns celebrating the American League's 50th anniversary. Gaedel walked on four pitches and was replaced with a pinch runner. In 1961, Gaedel got drunk in a bowling alley, got into a scuffle with some patrons, and was beaten up. He passed away later that night. Gaedel is one of the rarest and most valuable of any baseball signatures. This is from the collection of veteran collector and dealer Tom Grafton. It was among a group of other rare vintage baseball autographs, most being on similar cut pieces of lined paper. Some of the other vintage signatures included Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Honus Wagner, Cy Young, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Rogers Hornsby and Larry Lajoie. For contextual provenance, most of them can be seen among my items listed here, or I can send scans of any of them on request.