The late Max Patkin became famous for combining comedy and baseball; so much so, he became known as the Clown Prince of Baseball.
Baseball and comedy will come together in Antigonish, Dec. 2, as the Antigonish Baseball Association hosts the Comedy Night Fundraiser at the Royal Canadian Legion on Main Street.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the stand-up comedy routines, by Marc Sauve and his Funny Fundraisers group, beginning at 8 p.m.
The event will also include a cash bar, a silent auction and 50-50 draw.
“We’ve done them a couple of times before,” organizer and association president Randy Crouse said.
“So we thought we would try another one. The biggest thing is the cost for minor baseball and Challenger baseball; so just to keep registration costs down and keep Challenger Baseball free to all participants.
“And the fields; we’re trying to have our fields more accessible and safer, so some money will go towards that project.”
Crouse talked about the growth of minor and Challenger baseball locally and how that has put more emphasis on the diamonds.
“I think it was five years ago we only had 100 kids combined between minor baseball, Challenger and softball, now it’s closer to 500,” he said.
“So we need more field time, need to fix up the fields. So we’re just trying to do a few things, here and there, for our programs to help them stay affordable and fix up the fields.”
Crouse noted the Dec. 2 date as one picked because of availability and that it didn’t conflict with too many events, such as St. F.X. sports. The hope is it’s, also, just before holiday parties ramp up.
“We’ll try it; we’re always trying to do different things,” he said. “We’ll have an event and a good time.
“Antigonish is always great; people who were willing to help us in the spring are back again. It makes it easier knowing you have that support from the community. You feel bad bugging people to help but you, absolutely, need to do it to keep going. You can’t charge crazy amounts as registration fees. The community has been awesome to help us and we’re very appreciative for that.”
Tickets for the comedy night are available by contacting Crouse at 902-867-6218 or at Cleve’s Source for Sports in Antigonish.
If there are some remaining, they’ll be sold at the door.