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A rare insider's perspective on baseball's great barnstorming age. The Indianapolis Clowns were a black touring baseball team that featured an entertaining mix of comedy, showmanship, and skill. Sometimes referred to as the Harlem Globetrotters of baseball--though many of the Globetrotters' routines were borrowed directly from the Clowns--they captured the affection of Americans of all ethnicities and classes. Alan Pollock's father, Syd, owned the Clowns, as well as a series of black barnstorming teams that crisscrossed the country from the late 1920s until the mid-1960s. They played every.… (more)