Lets see if I can pick up the save on this one. If I recall the story he popped out of a cake like a stripper at a bachelor party. The number he wore was 1/8 and he was 3'7". Now as for that last part I think Eugene is right about the 400# mother in law . Actually I have no idea about the threat but I do know that he died about a decade later shortly after I was born and it had something to do with him being robbed although I don't remember the exact details.
OK I admit to having to look this up, but it has taken 3 days of searching and now that I have found it I can't believe it! Veeck told Gaedel that if he took the bat off his shoulder that there were sharpshooters on the roof of the stadium that would kill him on the spot. It sure changes my opinion of Veeck