Baseball’s Funnymen

Twenty-Four Jokers, Screwballs, Pranksters and Storytellers


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About the Book

From Nick Altrock to Casey Stengel, Dizzy Dean to Satchel Paige, Bill Veeck to Bob Uecker, baseball has always admired the clever. This book tells the stories of some of the players, coaches, managers and broadcasters who had the most fun in the Major Leagues and made fans laugh out loud (or shake their heads in disbelief). The author recounts tales both famous and little known that capture the character of unusual and offbeat players, unique and engaging personalities and the succession of eccentrics who were officially dubbed “Clown Prince of Baseball.”

About the Author(s)

Lew Freedman is a long-time, prize-winning journalist for such newspapers as the Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune and Anchorage Daily News. Specializing in sports and the outdoors, he has written more than 100 books. He lives in Columbus, Indiana.

Bibliographic Details

Lew Freedman
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 224
Bibliographic Info: 11 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6358-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2493-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction  1

 1. Nick Altrock 5

 2. Al Schacht 11

 3. Waite Hoyt 19

 4. Babe Herman 27

 5. Rabbit Maranville 35

 6. Dizzy Dean 42

 7. Satchel Paige 51

 8. Max Patkin 58

 9. Casey Stengel 65

10. Joe Engel 73

11. Yogi Berra 80

12. Joe Garagiola 88

13. Lefty Gomez 96

14. Bill Veeck 103

15. Jim Bouton 111

16. Bo Belinsky 118

17. Tug McGraw 126

18. Harry Caray 134

19. Ron Luciano 141

20. Jay Johnstone 148

21. Bill Lee 155

22. Steve Lyons 164

23. Ozzie Guillen 172

24. Bob Uecker 179

Epilogue  186

Chapter Notes  193

Bibliography  205

Index  209

Book Reviews & Awards

“When reading each mini-biography, it feels as if each player is telling the narrative of his life and sharing laugh-out-loud moments…. Countless great stories are told in the book”—SABR Deadball Committee Newsletter; “the book is best read and savored a chapter at a time. Each is a full meal of information, lovingly assembled and presented to show the human side of baseball through its best practitioners of humor…thoroughly researched…. Even a dedicated fan will find something new here…an enjoyable read, accessible to new fans while providing fresh material for old ones—Green Man Review.