On April 30, 1967, the San Francisco Giants beat our archrivals the Los Angeles Dodgers 5 to 1. Perhaps you know some our City’s baseball history. But what do you know about our team’s Bobblehead history?
Major League Baseball introduced the first Bobblehead figurines during the World Series in 1960. These dolls were made of papier-mache and included our “Say Hey Kid” Willie Mays. The early dolls are rare and very collectible. Here is an expert showing us examples of some Willie Mays dolls:
After a few years of offering Bobbleheads, the dolls were not produced for two decades until our San Francisco Giants decided to recreate a Willie Mays doll as a gift to the fans. That Bobblehead was made of plastic and commemorated the Giants last season at Candlestick Park. The Giants handed out 35,000 dolls to those attending a home game in May of 1999, and revived the craze for all of sports.
One guy who really loves Bobbleheads is the Giants Visiting Club House Manager Harvey Hodgerney. If you are not able to visit his office at AT&T Park, at the official address of 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, then check out his collection in this video clip:
And as you might expect, you can even “Like” Giants Bobbleheads on their very own Facebook page: