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Clown Prince of Baseball

Clown Prince of Baseball

by Max Patkin, Stan Hochman

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Wes Lukowsky
Long before the Chicken, the Phillie Phanatic, and the rest of baseball's ubiquitous mascots, there was Max Patkin, who has spent most of the last 40-plus years performing as a baseball clown in minor-league parks around the country. He tells the story of his one-of-a-kind career in this entertaining autobiography. Patkin didn't start out to be a clown; he was a minor-league pitcher before World War II and started clowning around in lopsided games while in the service. His antics caught the eye of Bill Veeck, who booked him as a comic coach to boost the attendance of the Cleveland Indians. When the Indians became a good club and didn't need a comic, Veeck got Patkin started around the minor leagues. Patkin's loosey-goosey, rubber-faced slapstick has been a baseball tradition ever since--and was featured in the film "Bull Durham". Patkin expresses a little bitterness and a few regrets over his lifetime in the bush leagues, but overall, this is an upbeat account of one of baseball's enduring characters.

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