In 1949, Frank Saucier led all of professional baseball with a .449 batting average for Wichita Falls of the Big State League. The following season Saucier split time between Double- and Triple-A, hitting .342. For his efforts, Saucier was named The Sporting News‘ 1950 Minor League Player of the Year.
Though he reached a level few men ever do, Saucier is best remembered as a footnote in one of the most memorable publicity stunts in baseball history.
Maverick owner Bill Veeck purchased the Browns in 1951 and immediately went to work to arouse fan interest. In August of that year, Veeck signed 3’7″ Eddie Gaedel to a contract to play for the Browns.
On August 19, 1951, an injured Frank Saucier was penciled into the lineup as the Browns’ starting right fielder and leadoff hitter. Barely able to lift his arm, and unaware of what was to come, Saucier got through the top of the first inning without a ball hit his way.
In the bottom of the first, leadoff man Saucier was called back in favor of a pinch hitter – Eddie Gaedel.
In the collection is this government postcard signed by Frank Sacier exactly one month after Gaedel pinch hit for him.