When it comes to charisma and personality, height surely is a big check. But this trait depends solely on a person’s genetics. Sometimes nature itself can be a very big hurdle, in the way of a person’s dreams. And, here is the list of the Top 10 Shortest Athletes Of All Time who denied the judgment of nature and became known for their success, hard work, and height.
Shortest Athletes Of All Time
10. Frederick Walden – Shortest Football Player
|United Kingdom||Association football||157 cm (62 in)||1888–1949|
5.2 feet tall Frederick Walden is the shortest footballer to represent England’s National Football Team. Besides his appearance in the international circuit, he now also holds his place among the top 10 shortest athletes of all time.
Besides his international career, he also appeared for the Tottenham Hotspur club. Moreover, he also appeared for Northampton Town and Northamptonshire. After finishing his professional football career, he also worked as an English cricket umpire.
9. Jack Shapiro – Shortest American Football Player
|United States||American football||155 cm (61 in)||1907–2001|
With a height of 5.1 feet, Jack Shapiro was the shortest player of American football, but he only played for one game. And without any doubt, this American Football star also holds his place among the top 10 shortest athletes of all time.
He played just a single match with the Staten Island Stapletons of the NFL during the 1929 season. Besides, he has also attracted the eyes of the audience during his brief appearance in the NFL Films Presents: One-game Wonders.
8. Jim Bradford – Shortest Australian Football Player
|Australia||Australian rules football||155 cm (61 in)||1926–2005|
Jim Bradford was the Australian Rules Football Player. With a height of 155 cm (61 inches), he is the shortest footballer ever. And without any doubt, he now also holds his place among the top 10 shortest athletes of all time.
Bradford has earned popularity as the shortest player ever to appear in the highest level of Australian League football. He mainly played for the Collingwood in 1943 and then for North Melbourne in 1949. Camberwell Football Club also named him as the ‘Rover’ in their Team of the Century.
7. Tich Cornford – Shortest Cricket Player of all Time
|England||Cricket||152 cm (60 in)||1900–1964|
Walter Latter Cornford nicknamed as “Tich” because of his Short Height. He is the shortest cricketer in the history who played international cricket for his country. And without any doubt, he now also holds his place among the shortest athletes of all time.
He played 4 test matches as the wicketkeeper of the English side in New Zealand in 1930. Besides his national appearance, he also played for the Sussex County Cricket Club. He had quite a prominent career until the breakout of World War II.
6. Julie Krone – Shortest Horse Rider of all Time
|United States||Horse racing||149 cm (59 in)||1963 – Present|
At the height of 4 ft 10.5 inches, Julie Krone is an American jockey. She is the shortest rider in history. Besides, he now also holds his place among the shortest athletes of all time.
She became the first female jockey ever to win the Triple Crown after capturing the famous Belmont Stakes in 1993. Besides, she also became the first women inductee in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2000.
5. Dylan Postl – Shortest Living Wrestler
|United States||Wrestling||132 cm (52 in)||1986- present|
Dylan Post is an American professional wrestler signed to WWE, better known by his ring name Hornswoggle. He is the shortest living wrestler in the world. Besides, he also holds his place among the shortest athletes of all time.
He made his WWE debut in 2006 as an ally of Finlay. However, he made a significant impact and won the Cruiserweight Championship during the very first year. He was released as the illegitimate son of one of the richest wrestlers of all time, Vince McMahon.
4. Lionel Giroux – Shortest Wrestler in History
|Canada||Wrestling||130 cm (51 in)||1935–1995|
Lionel Giroux was also known as “Little Beaver” was a Canadian professional wrestler in the WWE. He is possibly the shortest wrestler in the history of wrestling with a height of about 4 feet and 4 inches.
He mainly attracted the eyes of the world audience during the six-man match at WrestleMania III. And without any doubt, he now holds his place among the top 10 shortest athletes of all time.
3. Eddie Gaedel – Shortest Baseball Player of All Time
|United States||Baseball||109 cm (43 in)||1925-1961|
Eddie Gaedel was the shortest player to play in Major League Baseball. This, however, was a publicity stunt and Gaedel only stood once at the plate. The organizers mainly used him to attract the attention of the public.
During that game, he wore the jersey number “1⁄8“. This famous jersey is now displayed in the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. And now, he holds his place among the top 10 shortest athletes of all time.
2. Henry Franklyn – Shortest Ice Hockey Player of All Time
|Canada||Ice Hockey||A 3-feet, 6-inch||Late 19th century|
Henry Franklyn was the goaltender in Canadian ice hockey during the late 19th century. With a 3-feet and 6-inch height, he is undoubtedly the 2nd shortest athlete of all time.
Also known as ‘Braces’, Henry made his name for going down to stop the puck, even while goaltending. It was quite a very unpopular stance for any goalie until Jacques Plante made it popular during the 1950s.
1. Aditya Dev – Shortest Bodybuilder in History
|India||Bodybuilding||2 feet 9 inches||1988-2012|
Aditya Romeo Dev is the world’s ‘Shortest Bodybuilder’ and also the ‘Shortest athlete of all time’. He was born in 1988 at Phagwara, India. Aditya Dev’s dwarfism made him famous by being reported by the UK press in February 2008.
Romeo can shoulder press custom made 1.5 kg dumbbells, a notable feat given his 9 kg (20 lbs.) body weight and 84 cm (2′ 9″) stature. In 2006, the book of Guinness World Records recognized him to be the world’s smallest bodybuilder.
So, this is our list of the top 10 shortest athletes of all time. And, don’t forget to send us your opinion in the comment box below.