Founded in 1998, Gaedel is going into its 16th season. The Frosted Mini Wieters of Steve Lorch are the defending champions having captured their third title in 2012 downing the Taxsavers who tied with the Wieters for the best record during the regular season.
Gaedel expanded to 12 teams for the 2001 season and owners competed in three divisions (Pete Gray, Moonlight Graham, Bert Shepard) with names in the Gaedel theme. The loop contracted to 10 teams for the 2009 campaign.
It's a perpetual league with teams allowed to protect 15 players (plus 4 rookies) from year to year.
story on Gaedel. Aug 2001
Eddie Gaedel Edward Carl Gaedel (guh-DELL) was the centrepiece of Bill Veeck's (Veeck as in Wreck he would say) best remembered stunt.
It was August 19th, 1951. The second game of a twinbill -- St. Louis Browns against Detroit Tigers.
It's said that Veeck had told Gaedel that he had a sniper in the stands and he would fire if Eddie swung at a pitch. Gaedel was replaced by a pinch runnner. It was his only appearance in the major leagues.
Gaedel died in 1961.
The uniform -- number 1/8 -- is in the Hall of