Max Patkin (January 10, 1920 - October 30, 1999) was an American baseball player and clown, best known as the Clown Prince of Baseball. Events 49 BC - Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon, signaling the start of civil war. Year 1920 ( MCMXX) was a Leap year starting on Thursday (link will display 1920 of the Gregorian calendar Events 637 - Antioch surrenders to the Muslim forces under Rashidun Caliphate after the Battle of Iron bridge. Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Baseball is a Bat-and-ball Sport played between two teams of nine players each Clowns are comic performers stereotypically characterized by their Grotesque appearance colored wigs stylistic makeup, outlandish Costumes unusually
Patkin was the third officially crowned Clown Prince of Baseball, after Al Schacht and Jackie Price, though that sobriquet has also been applied to St. Louis Browns third baseman Arlie Latham among others. Alexander "Al" Schacht ( November 11, 1892, in New York New York - July 14, 1984, in Waterbury Connecticut) The Baltimore Orioles are a professional baseball team based in Baltimore, Maryland. Walter Arlington Latham ( March 15 1860 &ndash November 29 1952) was an American Third baseman in Major League Baseball He performed for 51 years as a baseball clown.
After an arm injury curtailed his minor league career, Patkin joined the Navy during World War II. World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including
Stationed in Hawaii in 1944, Patkin was pitching for a service team. Champions Major League Baseball World Series: St Louis Cardinals over St Joe DiMaggio homered off the lanky right-hander. Joseph Paul DiMaggio, born Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio Jr ( November 25, 1914 &ndash March 8, 1999) nicknamed Joltin' Joe In mock anger, Patkin threw his glove down then followed DiMaggio around the bases, much to the delight of the fans, and a career was born.
Later in the 1940s, Patkin was hired as a coach by Bill Veeck and the Cleveland Indians. William Louis Veeck Jr (ˈvɛk rhymes with "wreck" February 9 1914 &ndash January 2 1986) also known as " Sport Shirt The Cleveland Indians are a professional baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. After Veeck sold the team in 1949, Patkin began barnstorming around the country. Champions Major League Baseball World Series: New York Yankees over Brooklyn Dodgers (4-1 All-Star Game
As a barnstormer, Patkin played minor league stadiums throughout the United States and Canada. He had a face seemingly made of rubber that could make a thousand shapes. He was rail thin and wore a baggy uniform with a question mark (?) on the back in place of a number, and a ballcap that was always askew. While some derided his act as corny, he became a beloved figure in baseball circles especially after an appearance in the film Bull Durham. Bull Durham is a 1988 American movie about love and Baseball.
Patkin estimated he made more than 4,000 appearances. On July 20, 1969, he played to a crowd of four in Great Falls, Montana as most fans were home watching Neil Armstrong land on the moon. Events 1304 - Wars of Scottish Independence: Fall of Stirling Castle - King Edward I of England takes the last rebel stronghold Champions Major League Baseball The most notable part of the 1969 season were the Miracle Mets World Series: New York Mets Great Falls is a city in and the County seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Neil Alden Armstrong (born August 5 1930 is a former American Astronaut, Test pilot, University Professor, and United States Between 1944 and 1993, he did not miss an appearance. Champions Major League Baseball World Series: St Louis Cardinals over St Champions Major League Baseball World Series: Toronto Blue Jays over Philadelphia Phillies (4-2 Paul Molitor,
Max Patkin retired from clowning in 1995 at the age of 75. Champions Major League Baseball World Series: Atlanta Braves over Cleveland Indians (4-2 Tom Glavine, MVP He died in 1999 in Paoli, Pennsylvania of an aneurysm. Paoli is a Census-designated place located in Chester County Pennsylvania near Philadelphia An aneurysm (or aneurism) is a localized blood-filled dilation (balloon-like bulge of a blood vessel caused by disease or weakening of the vessel wall
After several years passed without a designated "Clown Prince of Baseball," Mike Veeck (son of the legendary baseball promoter Bill Veeck) officially bestowed the title upon Myron Noodleman, the alter ego of Tulsa high school teacher Rick Hader. William Louis Veeck Jr (ˈvɛk rhymes with "wreck" February 9 1914 &ndash January 2 1986) also known as " Sport Shirt Crowned in 2004 Myron Noodleman aka Rick Hader stakes his claim as the fifth Clown Prince of Baseball, following Arlie Latham, Al Schacht Baseball's Hall of Fame has yet to recognize this succession. A hall of fame (sometimes HOF) is a type of Museum established for any a field of endeavor to honor individuals of noteworthy achievement in that field