The day was Sunday, Aug. 19, 1951. St. Louis Browns' owner Bill Veeck decided to pull off one of the biggest, more like smallest, gimmicks in baseball history.

Complete with a jersey numbered 1/8, 26-year-old Eddie Gaedel stepped up toward the plate to take his at-bat. What stood out about Gaedel was that he was only 3-feet-7 inches tall.

Fast forward to Monday. Corpus Christi Beach Dawgs owner Ron Baron decided that he wanted to somewhat relive history by putting his own little man in uniform.

Midget wrestler Little Kato stands 4-feet-6 inches tall. A giant compared to Gaedel, but nonetheless he is much smaller than the average baseball player.

A big sports fan, Kato did play his share of sports as a kid, but it all stopped once he got to high school.

"I realized that I wasn't going to compete with the bigger guys," Kato said. "I thought I could, but the coaches didn't think so."

Kato has made his life being a midget wrestler; a profession he has had for 21 years. It all started in Oakland, Calif.

"I was 23 and a couple of my friends wanted me to try it," Kato said. "I was at a wrestling match at Oakland Coliseum where I met Lord Littlebrook. He took me under his wing and gave me a home and trained me."

Littlebrook was a famous midget wrestler from the 80s. He also happens to be Kato's biological father.

Before midget wrestling, Kato had other jobs working at a hardware store, landscaping and security, but wrestling was his eventual calling.

Wrestling for as long as he has, Kato has suffered several injuries as a member of the Half Pint Brawlers, causing him to have his share of surgeries. His most recent injury came on April 23 during a match, when his opponent laid him on a table and Kato's head hit on one of the hinges, causing him to get 28 stitches.

"After that injury, I had to wrestle the next night," Kato said.

Now 45, Kato knows that midget wrestling is going to be a thing of the past soon.

"I want to make it to 50," Kato said. "My dad wrestled until he was 65. I know I can't make it to that age."

Before Kato performed in front of a crowd to wrestle at Fairgrounds Field Monday night, he was the lead-off batter for the Corpus Christi Beach Dawgs. Believe it or not, this was not Kato's first time batting for a professional baseball team.

His first time came when a baseball team in St. Joseph, Mo. wanted him to bat.

"I was ordered not to swing when I got up there," Kato said. "The pitcher actually struck me out and the umpire didn't give me any slack."

Kato admitted that he was upset, but he was happy that Baron gave him a second shot on the field Monday.

"I would love to put the ball in play. I don't care if I get thrown out," Kato said. "I'd be happy if I can clear the infield."

Kato is aware that people might get a good laugh at watching a little person at bat, but he doesn't let it get to him.

"It bothers my fianc/e (who happens to be 5-foot-9) more than it does me when people stop and stare and make fun," Kato said. "I'm always going to get a second look from somebody, because you don't see a midget everyday. The same goes when you see somebody who has one arm or one leg."

As for his at-bat, Kato hoped that he could inspire the kids in the stands.

"I'm not just doing this to honor Gaedel or Veeck," Kato said. "I want to show people that if you put your mind to good use, you can do anything."

As Kato took to the plate sporting a No. 1/2 jersey, the crowd began cheering. But they were disappointed when the home plate umpire gave Kato two strikes looking.

With the count 1-and-2, Kato took a swing and missed for a strikeout.

Now, all that Kato had to worry about was how he was going to beat his opponent in his wrestling match later Monday.