DIAMOND HEARTS is a loving homage to two men who have earned legendary status in baseball’s minor leagues. JOE BUZAS exemplified the successful minor league owner/operator of his day, while MAX PATKIN, known as “The Clown Prince of Baseball,” delighted millions of fans for over forty years with his loose-limbed routines and oversized uniform.
The JOE BUZAS segment looks at the hands-on impresario style of the last of the old school owner who lived and breathed baseball. An ex-big leaguer with the Yankees, Joe was never too proud to don an apron and serve hot dogs, or grab a rake to work the grounds. This was one of the secrets to his Midas touch, for it was Joe who bought a minor league team for the princely sum of one dollar – a buck! He ultimately sold that team for a million. Although he claimed that he would have worked in the big leagues if they built an apartment for him at the ballpark, it’s apparent that his heart was in the small town he called home. So grab a box seat and spend a day at the park with Joe.
Ever since the days of Joe DiMaggio, swing bands and ten cent beer, MAX PATKIN, Clown Prince of Baseball, has been making people laugh with his signature vaudeville meets slapstick meets ballpark routine. The rubber-boned banana was a major draw in the minor leagues for over half a century. DIAMOND HEARTS goes on the road with this legend, giving the viewer a first-hand look at the loneliness of living out of a suitcase juxtaposed against Max’ love for the game. We’ll find him inside the locker room as he preps the home team in order to draft them into his act. And that act is one of a kind. He’s not merely a performer, but a coach as well, once the game is underway. He’s got the legitimate stuff to coach; he shares with us his broken dream of pitching in the bigs, shelved due to an injury. We’ll also hear him dish a bit, amusing us with his intimate anecdotes about some of baseball’s immortals.
DIAMOND HEARTS – a warm-hearted ½ hour-long celebration of two of baseball’s notables, who embody the spirit of the game.