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The Funniest Man in Baseball: The True Story of Max Patkin
by Audrey Vernick

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    List Price: $17.99
    Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
    Classification: Children’s
    ISBN13: 9780544813779
    Imprint: Clarion Books
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    Parent Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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    Book Description:
    A hilarious picture book biography about Max Patkin, a professional ballplayer turned legendary baseball clown, from the author of the acclaimed Brothers at Bat and other baseball nonfiction.

    Max Patkin was pitching in the minor leagues when he was injured and had to leave his dreams behind. He joined the Navy and eventually was able to play again while in the military . . . and this time he got to pitch against superstar Joe DiMaggio. When Joe hit one of Max’s throws out of the park, Max threw down his glove, left the mound, and chased Joe around the bases, making faces and imitating his every move. The crowd loved it! And a baseball clown was born.

    This inspiring and comical biography carries an important message: Life doesn’t always turn out exactly as you hope . . . but moving in a new direction can sometimes bring happy surprises.

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