Max Patkin

Wherever Bill Veeck ran a major league team (Indians, Browns, White Sox), Max Patkin was a baseline coach and a comic attraction. The gangly, double-jointed Patkin barnstormed the minor league circuit with his pantomime, contortionist act. When Al Schacht retired, Patkin took over the billing and role of The Clown Prince of Baseball. Proud of being a bona fide baseball man, capable of doing an actual coaching job, Patkin was a one-time minor league pitcher.