Jim Delsing enjoyed more than a decade as a big league player, suiting up for five teams from 1948-1960. Though he played in nearly 1,000 Major League games, he is primarily remembered for being the man who pinch ran for 3’7″ Eddie Gaedel.
When Bill Veeck bought the St. Louis Browns in 1951, he immediately went to work in increase fan interest and attendance. On August 19, 1951, Veeck signed Eddie Gaedel to a contract.
In the bottom of the first inning against Detroit, Browns leadoff man Frank Saucier was called back to the dugout in favor of Gaedel who would pinch hit for Saucier. Tiger pitcher Bob Cain who would play for the Browns the following season, peered in at the postage-stamp sized strike zone and promptly walked Gaedel on four pitches.
Once Gaedel reached first base, Delsing was summoned from the dugout to pinch run for Gaedel and the most memorable single-game MLB career was over. Gaedel was released two days later.
In the collection is this government postcard signed by Delsing three months to the day before Delsing’s most memorable moment as a big leaguer.