Top 10 Shortest Athletes of All Time [UPDATED]Posted By: Bill Russell | August 9, 2017
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 persons dreams. And here is the list of the worlds shortest athletes who denied the judgement of nature and became known for their success, hard work and height.
Table of Contents
- Aditya Dev – Shortest Bodybuilder in History
- Henry Franklyn – Shortest Ice Hockey Player of All Time
- Eddie Gaedel – Shortest Baseball Player of All Time
- Lionel Giroux – Shortest Wrestler in History
- Dylan Postl – Shortest Living Wrestler
- Julie Krone – Shortest Horse Rider of all Time
- Tich Cornford – Shortest Cricket Player of all Time
- Jim Bradford – Shortest Australian Football Player
- Jack Shapiro – Shortest American Football Player
- Frederick Walden – Shortest Football Player
Aditya Dev – Shortest Bodybuilder in History
|India||Bodybuilding||2 feet, 9- inch||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.
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 the 2nd shortest athlete of all time.
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.
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 WWF. He is possibly the shortest wrestler in the history of wrestling with a height of about 4 feet and 4 inches.
Dylan Postl – Shortest Living Wrestler
|United States||Wrestling||132 cm (52 in)||1986- present|
Dylan Postl is an American professional wrestler signed to WWE, better known by his ring name Hornswoggle. He is the shortest living wrestler in the world.
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 inch, Julie Krone is a American jockey. She is the shortest rider in the history.
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.
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 the height of 155 cm (61 in) he is the shortest footballer ever.
Jack Shapiro – Shortest American Football Player
|United States||American football||155 cm (61 in)||1907–2001|
With the height of 5.1 feet, Jack Shapiro was the shortest player of American football, but he only played for one game.
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.