One of the most iconic residents in the history of Los Alamos County died over the weekend.
Lou Pierotti, known for his entrepreneurship, his charity work and his on-field persona as the outrageous front-man of his world famous 5-man softball team, died Saturday afternoon. He was 94.
Pierotti is best remembered for the Pierotti’s Clowns, the undermanned fastpitch team he founded. The team, which dressed from head-to-toe as circus clowns, complete with face paint, played 200 games in its history, winning 177 of them, in a span of three decades. The team was known for its antics, with Pierotti behind most of them.
The team drew hundreds of fans to its games, which it played both in Los Alamos County and on the road.
In its heyday, Pierotti’s Clowns raised more than $200,000 for charity — as Pierotti told the Los Alamos Monitor in one of his last public interviews in 2009, “that was a lot of money back then.”
“Lou was a big part of the history of this county,” said Heather McClenahan of the Los Alamos Historical Society. “There was so many people he touched. So many things he did for so many people. To say that we’ve lost a treasure seems so inadequate.”