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This is the bobblehead that started it all. The one that began Dodger fan's collections. On April 4, 2001, the Dodgers gave away Manager Tommy Lasorda bobbleheads. Made by BD&A Promotions, this bobble was given to every fan in attendance. The game wasn't the sellout we regularly see on bobblehead nights now though. The official attendance of that game was 34,301. The Dodgers lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks that night 7-2. Darren Dreifort was the starting pitcher for the Dodgers, Curt Schilling for the DBacks. This was the first of three bobbleheads given away in 2001. Kirk Gibson was the second(June 9) and Fernando Valenzuela was the third(July 29).
I like this pudgy, big-headed version of Tommy. It may not look exactly like him, but it's close enough. The features of the SGA's got better once the Dodgers switched manufacturers from BD&A to P2. This is the very first Dodger Stadium bobblehead given away, so I do have a soft spot in my heart for it.
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I didn't know Tommy was the first bobblehead. historic first bobbleReplyDelete
Nice! It's indeed different from the current ones, but that cartoonish look makes him look adorable. I hope to get me one in the near future. I was wondering if the BD&A and/or P2 manufacturers are US based (and the manual labor is done in china) or if the sculpting itself is also done in china.ReplyDelete
Dutch - You are correct.Both companies are US-based, with manufacturing all done in China(like everything else!). There is a great video on dodgers.com that shows how the bobbleheads are made. I've tried posting it in the past, but have had no luck with the embed code. I'll send you the link.ReplyDelete
i have this one signed in mint conditionReplyDelete
can someone tell me what its worth?