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Pierotti’s Clowns Monument in Los Alamos, New Mexico
Jan 14, 2022 | Atlas Obscura
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There’s major league baseball. Then you have the minor and independent leagues. Then you have the teams that are so unserious, they play in actual clown makeup.

Los Alamos in 1953 was a very serious town. While its existence to the world had been made known by this point, it was still a closed city, surrounded by security fences and guards. Lou and Lee Pierotti ran the local soda fountain and were looking for an entertaining way to pass the time. Lou was a gifted softball player and proposed forming a five-man amateur softball team. It was Lee who suggested that the players dress as clowns. This way, if the team ever lost, they could claim they were simply “playing around.”

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