Frank Saucier could barely lift his arm the day that Eddie Gaedel played his lone Major League game. Nevertheless, Saucier’s name was penciled in batting lead off and playing right field. After an uneventful top of the first, Saucier was due to bat first for the Browns. It was then that Gaedel gained his fame, walking on four pitches from Bob Cain.
Saucier has signed this index card adding the notation, “Frank Saucier, the injured player for whom Eddie Gaedel pinch hit, Aug 18, 1951”. S
Saucier was an outstanding hitter in the minor leagues and owner of the highest batting average in pro baseball when he hit .446 for Wichita Falls in 1949. The minor league success did not translate to the big league level as he played just one year and batted 1-for-14 for the 1951 St. Louis Browns.
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