National Bobblehead Day was observed earlier this week, on January 7. Many teams and individuals posted pictures of their collections, upcoming giveaways, and other really cool bobbles. There are some pretty impressive bobbles out ther!
Over the holidays I took off a few much-needed days and one of my projects for my time off was to organize my bobblehead shelves to make room for the bobbles I recently acquired. My bobblehead “display case” consists of two Ikea shelving-things that essentially are the size of about eight large crates – four levels of shelves with side-by-side cubicles. So, in honor of National Bobblehead Day, below is a rundown of my small collection.
Super Heroes – which includes Negro Leaguers, Cal Ripken, and Manny Machado, plus a few others – are on the top of the display shelves:
The next three levels – six cubes in total – are split between the Nationals and the Orioles. Most of these bobbles have come from the Potomac Nationals and Washington Nationals – and the majority of those on superhero level are Orioles, so that bottom Oriole shelf also includes my collection of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing bobbleheads, joining my beloved Trey “Moon” Mancini bobble:
The bottom row includes bobbles from other teams – generally the Yankees – but also including Yasiel Puig, Barry Bonds, Luis Gonzalez, and Hilary Clinton:
There’s definitely still room to grow on the bottom shelves – and I’m looking forward to seeing who I can collect this season!
Who’s in your bobblehead collections?
2020 is here – so what are your baseball plans for the new year? It’s never too early to think about baseball! The 2020 schedules for MLB and MiLB have been out for some time now, and tickets are available for most Spring Training games and the Caribbean Series.
If you still need some help deciding, several teams already have their bobblehead schedules out – check out the list below (I’ll update it later as more teams release their schedules). I might even have to go get me an Akron RubberDucks Urkel bobblehead!
Happy New Year!
|Holiday Ticket Pkg.||Bowie Baysox||Choose a bobblehead with season tickets or mini-pack – including Ryan Mountcastle and Hunter Harvey|
|Holiday Ticket Pkg.||Reds||Buddy the Elf Bobblehead (with 4-ticket gift pack)|
|Holiday Ticket Pkg.||Reds||Oversized Nick Senzel bobblehead (with pick-6 ticket plan)|
|9-Apr||Wisconsin Timber Rattlers||Keston Hiura|
|22-Apr||Red Sox||Star Wars Mandalorian JD bobblehead (special ticket required)|
|24-Apr||Rancho Cucamonga Quakes||Cody Bellinger|
|25-Apr||Reds||Queen City Sluggers Triple bobblehead – Ted Kluszewski, George Foster, and Eugenio Suarez|
|26-Apr||Wisconsin Timber Rattlers||Fang T. Rattler bobblehead dressed in Yooper Day Gear|
|2-May||Mariners||Mariner Moose Pop! Collectible|
|8-May||Trenton Thunder||Marvel’s Black Widow bobblehead|
|10-May||Pirates||Pirates Wonder Woman bobblehead (all kids and moms)|
|17-May||Wisconsin Timber Rattlers||Trent Grisham|
|29-May||Wisconsin Timber Rattlers||Brent Suter|
|31-May||Cardinals||Willie McGee bobblehead gnome|
|2-Jun||Portland Sea Dogs||Darwinzon Hernandez|
|3-Jun||Trenton Thunder||El Trueno Sugar Skull bobblehead|
|11-Jun||Wisconsin Timber Rattlers||Udder Tuggers Mascot bobblehead|
|16-Jun||Pirates||Bill Mazeroski Gold Glove Award Bobblehead|
|26-Jun||Trenton Thunder||Marvel’s Black Panther bobblehead|
|2-Jul||Wisconsin Timber Rattlers||Lorenzo Cain|
|3-Jul||Cardinals||Whitey Herzog Fishing bobblehead|
|5-Jul||Cardinals||Jack Buck Statue with Voice Chip|
|11-Jul||Reds||Eric Davis Funko Pop! Collectible|
|18-Jul||Akron RubberDucks||Jaleel White appearance and Steve Urkel bobblehead|
|19-Jul||Wisconsin Timber Rattlers||Ethan Small|
|21-Jul||Portland Sea Dogs||Rafael Devers|
|24-Jul||Trenton Thunder||Gleyber Torres|
|2-Aug||Wisconsin Timber Rattlers||Aaron Ashby|
|4-Aug||Trenton Thunder||Marvel’s IronMan bobblehead|
|8-Aug||Pirates||Trevor William Star Ward bobblehead|
|9-Aug||Cardinals||Ozzie Smith Funko POP!|
|13-Aug||Wisconsin Timber Rattlers||Manny Piña Bratoberfest bobblehead|
|15-Aug||Reds||Luis Castillo Funko Popl! Collectible|
|18-Aug||Portland Sea Dogs||Bobby Dalbec|
|22-Aug||Wisconsin Timber Rattlers||Sugar Skull Whiffer bobblehead|
|25-Aug||Trenton Thunder||Aaron Judge|
|29-Aug||Cardinals||Mystery Cardinals Hall of Fame bobblehead|
|30-Aug||Wisconsin Timber Rattlers||Fans’ Choice bobblehead|
|1-Sep||Portland Sea Dogs||Xander Bogaerts|
|6-Sep||Pirates||Kids Pierogy Figurines (kids 14 and younger)|
|12-Sep||Pirates||Doug Drabek 1990 Cy Young Award bobblehead|
Last week an article made the rounds about a Nats fan who has collected every bobblehead given out by the Washington Nationals. Very impressive:
Many folks commented that they have better collections, or even more bobbleheads. Mine may not be better (actually, it is) and I may not have more (but I appear to have more Potomac Nationals bobbleheads), but I’m getting in on the game, too! So, in honor of Game 2 tonight, here are a few pics of my Nationals bobbleheads:
Go Nats! May the force be with you!
There’s just one month left to get a bobblehead at a stadium near you! Have you gotten any so far this year?
|2-Sep||Cardinals||Yadier Molina Funko POP!|
|3-Sep||Red Sox||Andrew Benintendi ALCS Catch Bobblehead|
|3-Sep||Cardinals||Woody Williams (special ticket required)|
|4-Sep||Red Sox||Snoopy’s Woodstock Red Sox bobblehead (special ticket)|
|6-Sep||Braves||Día de Los Bravos Bobblehead (special ticket required)|
|7-Sep||Twins||Joe Mauer bobblehead #4|
|7-Sep||Reds||Ken Griffey Jr. 150 Series Bobblehead|
|7-Sep||Pirates||Pirates Spider-Man Bobblehead|
|8-Sep||Padres||Padres-themed Hello Kitty bobblehead (special ticket required)|
|12-Sep||Twins||Snoopy Bobblehead (special ticket required)|
|13-Sep||Cardinals||St. Lous Blues Night Cardinal player bobblehead (special ticket required)|
|14-Sep||Rangers||“Hello, A.L. Pennant” Bengie Molina & Neftali Feliz Bobblehead|
|14-Sep||Giants||Dia de los Gigantes Bobblehead (special ticket required)|
|14-Sep||Cardinals||Stan Musial and Red Schoendienst Double Bobblehead|
|15-Sep||Cubs||Pedro Strop ”Karaoke Night” Bobblehead|
|15-Sep||Giants||Star Wars Player Bobblehead|
|15-Sep||Cardinals||Double bobblehead of Spanish radio broadcasters Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina (special ticket required)|
|17-Sep||Red Sox||Nathan Eovaldi World Series Bobblehead|
|22-Sep||Braves||Two Bit Bobblehead (1st 5,000 kids)|
|28-Sep||Mariners||Ichiro Funko Pop! Collectible|
|28-Sep||Pirates||Steve Blass Dual Player/Broadcaster Bobblehead|
Thursday night will mark the end of an era: the Potomac Nationals (lovingly referred to as the P-Nats) will play their last game in Pfitzner Stadium. After 25 years, the team is moving from Woodbridge, VA, to a stadium far, far away (at least for me) in Fredericksburg, VA. Last Saturday, I saw what just might have been my last P-Nats game. It was an emotional night.
The Potomac Nationals entered this world as the Alexandria Dukes in 1978, an expansion team in the Class A Advanced Carolina League. That first season, they were a co-op team, meaning they weren’t affiliated with any one MLB team, but had players from more than one team. They were affiliated with the Seattle Mariners in 1979 (and known as the Alexandria Mariners), but were a co-op team again in 1980. From 1981 to 1983, they were affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates. I didn’t know the team then, but I wish I did. Alexandria Dukes players included Mickey Mantle, Jr.; Rick Renteria; Bobby Bonilla; Rafael Belliard; and Joe Orsulak (a future Oriole). They even won the Carolina League Championship in 1982.
The Dukes played in Municipal Stadium at Four Mile Run Park in Alexandria. According to Baseball Reference, “The ballpark was of high school caliber, with metal stands seating around 1,500 with a few metal folding chairs standing in for box seats, and almost no facilities or concessions (the team was prohibited from selling alcohol because the park was on land belonging to an elementary school).” Not surprisingly, then, the team announced it would be moving after the 1983 season.
The stadium formerly known as Davis Ford Park (named after the main road to the stadium) was built in 1984. It is located in Woodbridge, VA, adjacent to the McCoart Government Center. It was to this 6,000 seat stadium that the newly re-named Prince William Pirates made their home after moving from Alexandria for the 1984 season.
In 1987, the team changed Major League affiliations and became known as the Prince William Yankees. Prospects like Hensley Meulens, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Brad Ausmus, and Bernie Williams, played on the team. In 1989, the team changed its name to the Prince William Cannons, but maintained its affiliation with the Yankees until 1994 when it became the class-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. The team changed affiliations again 1997 (St. Louis Cardinals) and 2003 (Cincinnati Reds). Thus, more future stars played for Prince William, including: Magglio Ordonez, Albert Puljos, Coco Crisp, and Joey Votto.
According to the team’s website, the team rebranded in 1999 as the Potomac Cannons, “to better represent their fan base, which covers much of the Northern Virginia region.” They became the Potomac Nationals in 2005, when the Montreal Expos relocated to Washington, DC, becoming the Washington Nationals and the Major League affiliate of the P-Nats.
Tomorrow, as the team celebrates its last night at the Pfitz, I’ll post a little more about the old stadium, the new stadium, and the end of an era.
Now that it’s August, your monthly Bobblehead Giveaway Update is posted below. And don’t forget to celebrate Walter Johnson Day tomorrow!
|3-Aug||Akron||Clay Matthews (Cleveland Football)|
|3-Aug||Twins||Joe Nathan HOF Bobblehead|
|3-Aug||Rangers||“The Rusty Dive” Rusty Greer Bobblehead (Perfect Game 1 of 2)|
|4-Aug||Astros||Replic HOF Jacket Statue|
|4-Aug||Cubs||Clark Bobblehead (1st 5,000 kids)|
|4-Aug||Rockies||Kyle Freeland Bobblehead|
|6-Aug||Reading||Jimmy Rollins Sliding Bobblehead|
|6-Aug||Red Sox||Brock Holt ALDS Hitting for the Cycle Bobblehead|
|7-Aug||Reading||R-Phils “Your Face Here” Custom Bobblehead of YOU!|
|8-Aug||Giants||Giants themed Hulkbuster Bobblehead (special ticket required)|
|8-Aug||Giants||Marvel Infinity Gauntlet desktop collectible (special ticket required)|
|9-Aug||Mariners||Edgar Martinez HOF Bobblehead|
|10-Aug||Frederick||Dylan Bundy Dundie|
|10-Aug||Altoona||Smokin’ Adam Frazier bobblehead|
|10-Aug||Potomac||Field of Dreams 30th Anniversary Night John Kinsella Bobblehead|
|10-Aug||Orioles||Dashboard Hula Bird|
|11-Aug||Richmond||Miniature Horse Bobblehead|
|15-Aug||Rangers||Isiah Kiner-Falefa hula statue (special ticket required)|
|16-Aug||Richmond||Copa de la Diversión Lucha Nutzy Bobblehead|
|16-Aug||Reds||Grateful Dead Dancing Bear Bobblehead (special ticket required)|
|17-Aug||Rangers||The Perfect Game” Kenny Rogers Bobblehead (Perfect Game 2 of 2)|
|17-Aug||Reds||Johnny Bench 150 Series Bobblehead|
|18-Aug||Reading||Charlie Manuel World Series Trophy Bobblehead|
|20-Aug||Cardinals||Will Clark (special ticket required)|
|23-Aug||Potomac||Mini Northwest Federal Field at Pfitzner Replica Stadium|
|24-Aug||Akron||Kevin Malone (“The Office”) bobble chili|
|24-Aug||Potomac||Victor Robles #1 Nats Prospect Bobblehead|
|24-Aug||Syracuse||Ms. Salt Potato Bobblehead|
|24-Aug||Twins||Joe Mauer bobblehead #3|
|24-Aug||Marlins||Billy The Marlin|
|26-Aug||Giants||Jean-Lou Picard Bobblehead (Star Trek Night special ticket required)|
|29-Aug||Giants||Oversized Hello Kitty Bobblehead (special ticket required)|
|30-Aug||Braves||Freddie Freeman Funko POP! Figure|
|31-Aug||Akron||Fan Vote Bobblehead|
|31-Aug||Richmond||Lifesize Nutzy Gnome Giveaway|
|31-Aug||Hagerstown||Mystery Bobblehead Night|
|31-Aug||Rangers||“First Odor Stormtrooper” Bobblehead (Star Wars night special ticket required)|
|31-Aug||Giants||Peanuts Snoopy & Woodstock Desktop Collectible (special ticket required)|
|31-Aug||Giants||Peanuts Woodstock Bobblehead|