Robert Virgil Swift (March 6, 1915 – October 17, 1966) In one of the most unusual baseball photos of all time, Detroit catcher Bob Swift was pictured on his knees behind the dish when Eddie Gaedel stepped up to the plate on August, 19, 1951. In a publicity stunt by St. Louis Browns owner Bill Veeck, the 3-foot-7 Gaedel was sent in as pinch-hitter. Told not to swing, Gaedel walked on four straight pitches. A good defensive catcher, Swift played for the Tigers for ten of his 14 MLB seasons. He won a ring with the 1945 world champion Tigers, batting .250 in the Series win vs. the Cubs. After retiring as a player in 1953, Swift managed in the minors and coached in the majors. He skippered the Detroit Tigers for part of 1965 and 1966. Sadly his managerial tenure was cut short when he succumbed to lung cancer in 1966 at the age of 51.