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Top Minor League Markets: Toledo’s No. 1 Fan

SportsBusiness Journal this week unveiled our 2013 ranking of the country’s Top Minor League Markets, with Toledo, Ohio, taking this year’s top slot.

As SportsBusiness Journal research director David Broughton writes in this week’s issue, No. 1-ranked Toledo has designated a No. 1 fan for his longtime (and very visible) support of the team: actor Jamie Farr, better known as Cpl. Maxwell Klinger on the 1970s TV hit “M*A*S*H.” Klinger was a fictional Toledo native, but Farr was, in fact, born in the city.
Jamie Farr (left) shows his Mud Hens pride on the license plate of a Jeep made in Toledo specifically for Farr. But his "M*A*S*H" co-star, Harry Morgan, is the only one wearing a a Mud Hens hat in this photo.
As Broughton notes in his story, the Klinger character began wearing Mud Hens gear on the program, but Farr didn’t hesitate to show off his Toledo ties on the set of the show, either — including on the lot of Twentieth Century Fox, as can be seen in this photo.

The Jeep was made in Toledo specifically for Farr and delivered to him in California, where the show was filmed. It had to have a catalytic converter installed for the emissions laws in California.

The picture features Farr with Harry Morgan (Col. Sherman T. Potter on the show). Look closely, and you’ll see that of the two, it’s Morgan who actually is wearing a Toledo Mud Hens hat in this picture; Farr is not. Farr told Broughton that before his character started wearing official Mud Hens apparel on set, he wore the hat the props people said was the closest thing they could find to Toledo’s official hat.

Ken Levine, one of the original “M*A*S*H” writers and later a radio announcer for several MLB clubs, said the same.

“Jamie always wore the wrong hat,” Levine told Broughton. “He swore it was a Mud Hens hat, but it was a Texas Rangers hat.”

No question about the name on that license plate, though.

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