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The Dodgers are having a bobblehead day for … Babe Ruth?

Nov 15, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

The Dodgers just released their promotional schedule for 2014. Tuesday, September 9th stuck out:


Babe Ruth bobblehead? On the Dodgers?

Well, technically it’s legit. He was a base coach for the Dodgers for one year — 1938. He was hired because he was a popular draw. He was not asked to relay signs to base runners or do anything than show up in a uniform each day. Despite the Babe’s desire to be a manager, he was specifically told that he would not be considered for the Dodgers’ job if it opened up. Which it did after the 1938 season. They gave the gig to Leo Durocher. Ruth never worked in baseball again.

Pretty sad and pathetic post-script for the greatest baseball player who ever lived. But hey, at least the Dodgers get to profit off of him one last time.

  1. yahmule - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Really stretching hard for the false outrage today, CC.

    Unlike the Yankees, who held the future manager’s job out in front of Ruth like a carrot on a stick, when they had no intention of ever hiring him for the position, the Dodger were up front with him.

    I think any team should be able to issue a Babe Ruth bobblehead because he’s one of the few players in history who transcended the sport.

    • natstowngreg - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      I hate when someone types what I was going to say before I can type it. :)

  2. sdelmonte - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    When will the Red Sox have a Babe bobblehead day? Probably right after Bucky F’ing Dent bobblehead day.

    • yahmule - Nov 15, 2013 at 6:02 PM

      I think they’re planning a David Ortiz bobbletits day.

    • gloccamorra - Nov 15, 2013 at 8:53 PM

      I don’t think they ever had a Ted Williams giveaway or Carl Yastrzemski giveaway. I have a Yaz 1967 beer glass, but that was a giveaway for a fill-up, minimum ten gallons.

  3. phantomspaceman - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    I think the bigger travesty is “Sleeved Blanket” day.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 15, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      Phantom, are you crazy? September evenings in L.A. can be absolutely freezing out. It dropped into the low 60s there once! Have some sympathy, please. On the other hand, if they’d held one of these at Candlestick back in the day, you’d have seen fans trying to sneak out and back in to get two or three of these things. A night game there in July one year is where scientists first calculated what “absolute zero” is.

  4. MyTeamsAllStink - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    is Snuggie copywrited?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 15, 2013 at 6:40 PM

      FWIW, it’s spelled copyrighted (as in your rights are protected against people copying your material), and for manufactured products I think it’s trademarked. Lawyers?

  5. MyTeamsAllStink - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    I can’t wait for Steve Bartman bobble head night at Wrigley

    • xmatt0926x - Nov 15, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      If they did do a Bartman bobblehead night, it would only be perpetuating the ridiculous myth that Bartman was the reason they didn’t win that series.

      What seems to be unknown to most is that the game continued after that foul ball that Alou likely would not have caught anyway and the Cubs proceeded to lose the game and series on their own merits.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Nov 16, 2013 at 8:23 AM

        Not saying that I agree with the idea of a Steve Bartman bobble-head, but the the visual I just got was awesome…

        Instead of his head bobbling, they make it so his outstretched arms bobble up and down.

  6. florida76 - Nov 15, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    This event would be just like the Oakland A’s honoring Joe DiMaggio for his time as a coach around 1970 or so. Doesn’t make any sense, but it’s a moneymaker.

    • gloccamorra - Nov 15, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      At least Joe was from the bay area (SF) and actually played in Oakland (as a visiting player) when he was in the PCL. Babe never played in LA, unless it was a barnstorming trip.

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