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Indianapolis Clowns
Indianapolis Clowns
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Better known for their colorful antics, the Clowns were also a sound baseball team. In 1952, they won the Negro American League championship with a young cross-handed slugger from Mobile, Ala., named Hank Aaron.

The Clowns fielded such stars as Buster Haywood, DeWitt "Woody" Smallwood, showman "Goose" Tatum, and future Major Leaguers John Wyatt (A’s), Paul Cassanova (Senators), and "Choo-Choo" Coleman (Mets). The Indianapolis Clowns changed nicknames in their history with one such classic as the Ethiopian Clowns.