On this day: August 19

Published On: Aug 15 2013 01:30:41 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 19 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosts its first auto race, The Beatles kick off their first American concert tour, Groucho Marx dies, Mike Tyson returns to the ring, and the last U.S. combat brigade leaves Iraq, all on this day.

OTD August 19 - Eddie Gaedel
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1951: St. Louis Browns owner Bill Veeck sends 3-foot-7-inch Eddie Gaedel to pinch-hit in the second game of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers. Gaedel, who became the shortest player in the history of the major leagues, was walked with four consecutive balls before being replaced by a pinch-runner at first base. His jersey, bearing the uniform number "1/8," is displayed in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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