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MAX PATKIN - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED - HFSID 288153

Handwritten note by "the Clown Prince of Baseball" Autograph Note signed: "Two my new dearest/Friend/Joe Hillis: -/Max Patkin", 5½x4¼.

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MAX PATKIN
Handwritten note by "the Clown Prince of Baseball"
Autograph Note signed: "Two my new dearest/Friend/Joe Hillis: -/Max Patkin", 5½x4¼. Max Patkin (1920-1999), his minor league career curtailed by injuries, was pitching for the US Navy when tagged for a home run by Joe Dimaggio in 1944. Patkin threw down his glove in mock disgust and ran around the bases after Joe D. The crowd loved it, and Patkin's half-century career as a baseball clown was born. Eccentric Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck - who else? - hired Patkin as a coach in the 1940s. (Knowing the game, Patkin actually coached base runners while entertaining fans with his antics.) In 1949, Patkin began barnstorming, performing before stadium crowds all over the country and in the movie Bull Durham (1988). Fine condition

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