|Eddie Gaebel batting for the Browns in 1951|
then was replaced by a pinch runner.
Last weekend, as I was looking for information about the Milwaukee Brewer Lucky Charm, stories about Veeck and Gaebel popped up in my internet searches. As someone who loves baseball and is part of dwarfism culture, I've read stories about Gaebel hundreds of times. The story is often retold. This past weekend, when the stories popped up, what I found most interesting was the language that was used. Back in the 50's, "midget" was the accepted term to identify a person of short stature. Even recently, when stories about Gaebel were told, the word "midget" was used. But in my most recent searches, I noticed that some accounts used the word little person. A piece from a website called Baseball Suite101 actually uses the word "midget" in the headline, then includes a sidebar about the evolution of the word "midget" and uses the term little person in the body of the text. It's kind of confusing to me why, if they acknowledge the evolution of the language, the website still uses the m-word in the title. Nevertheless I think it was constructive for the story to make an acknowledgement of language. Also, a few years ago, a writer from ESPN who was working on a piece about Gaebel contacted Little People of America for guidance on language.
|As I kid, I knew of Veeck as a guy with no shirt hanging out at Wrigley Field|