Wanting to bolster attendance for his newly acquired and struggling Marfa baseball team, the Giants, Bick Benedict sent his scout team looking for someone who was extremely short. Bick settled on Jett Rink. When Jett stepped up to the plate to lead off in the second game with the St. Despite strict orders to crouch low and not swing, Rink stood up, but the strike zone was still considerably smaller. He was an easy walk.
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The most common type of dwarfism is achondroplasia ay-kon-dreh-PLAY-zyuh. Most types of dwarfism are caused by a genetic change mutation in the egg or sperm cells before conception. Others happen because of genetic changes inherited from one or both parents. Depending on the type of dwarfism, two average-size parents can have a child with short stature.
How are the terms "dwarf," "little person," and "person of short stature" commonly used?
Dwarfism is a medical or genetic condition that usually results in an adult height of 4'10" or shorter, among both men and women, although in some cases a person with a dwarfing condition may be slightly taller than that. The most frequently diagnosed cause of short stature is achondroplasia, a genetic condition that results in disproportionately short arms and legs. The average height of adults with achondroplasia is 4'0".
Dwarf Tossing was started in Australia as a form of pub entertainment in the early s. A related formerly practiced activity was dwarf-bowling, in which a person with dwarfism was placed on a skateboard and used as a bowling ball. Australia is commonly thought of as the place where dwarf-tossing originated as a form of pub entertainment in the early s.