Max Patkin “Clown Prince of Baseball” Uniforms and Personal Collection 
Lot Number 247
 
Quantity: Bid Starts: 03/17/2008 10:00:00 
Bid Open: 250.00  Bid Ends: 04/02/2008 23:30:00 
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Description

While playing for an Armed Services team in 1944, Max Patkin pitched a homerun to Joe DiMaggio and then proceeded to mockingly follow his opponent around the bases. That impromptu antic jump-started Patkin’s career as the “Clown Prince of Baseball,” and his act would continue in over 4,000 appearances around the country for fifty years. This beloved character, who was immortalized during his cameo in Bull Durham, was renowned for his expressive face, askew cap and baggy uniforms that were typically numbered “?”. Presented is an offering from Patkin’s personal collection that is highlighted by an "S" cap and (3) moderately used uniforms (some dirt and sweat staining) that include Bears (#28), Phillies (“?”) and Yankees (“?”) pieces. A glimpse into Patkin’s busy schedule is also provided with his day calendar from 1970 that contains his schedule and short, detailed notes from each appearance. A small group of letters, telegrams, and photographs of Patkin horsing around with players also accompanies this collection. The late entertainer passed away in 1999, but his unusual legacy and extraordinary ability to make fans and players smile lives on in this unique offering. 
 
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