Reds pitcher is grandson of Bozo the Clown

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bell (62) poses for a photo during Photo Day at Cincinnati Reds Player Development Complex. 

Reds pitcher Travis Bell has a pretty cool connection in his family tree.

The Cincinnati Enquirer’s C. Trent Rosecrans profiles Bell, whose grandfather was Bozo the Clown for more than two decades.

"It’s rare to see Bell, 27, without a smile. That could be genetic, as the Bell family has been providing thousands of smiles for many years. Bell is the grandson of Bob Bell, who was Bozo the Clown on WGN-TV in Chicago from 1960 to 1984.

Bell has a tattoo of his grandfather on his left arm, as well as a pair of clown shoes with the words, ‘The shoes will never be filled.’"

Bell was out of baseball and is now savoring his opportunity at a chance to get back in the big leagues with the Reds.

After struggles to enjoy the game following rough patches, Bell is taking a note from his grandpa’s attitude about being a clown.

"It wasn’t a fake thing, he just loved to do that."