From Big League Stew:
Valparaiso outfielder and new MLB draft pick Kyle Gaedele says he is proud of the major league bloodline that runs through his family — no matter how short it is.
Gaedele, whom the San Diego Padres picked in the sixth round of the draft on Tuesday afternoon, is a great-nephew of 3-foot-7 Eddie Gaedel, the shortest (and lightest) player in major league history and star of its greatest stunt.
Gaedele isn’t the only current athlete with a connection to Bill Veeck’s famous publicity stunt. Jim Delsing, Taylor Twellman’s grandfather, pinch-ran for Gaedel. But Twellman retired recently. When people think of concussions, the sports that come to mind are football and hockey, but it appears that they are a risk for soccer players, too. My mom didn’t allow me to play football, but I did play soccer.
Delsing also had a son named Jay who was the Terry Felton of the PGA Tour. He never won a tournament. Jay’s sports career outlasted his nephew’s. He is now on the Champions Tour.