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Spinners Bobble Head History

From the first bobble head night on June 29, 2001, it was clear that the Lowell Spinners and Bobble Head Dolls were a match made in baseball heaven. Since Baseball Hall of Famer and Red Sox legend Carlton Fisk was honored that night, the Spinners have done numerous additional bobble head giveaway nights, including a record 10 in 2006 to celebrate the franchise's first 10 years of baseball. From Cooperstown, N.Y., where the Spinners' Jack Kerouac Bobble Head resides in the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame, to households throughout the Merrimack Valley and those of collectors around the world, bobble heads have become a major part of Lowell Spinners history. Below is a year-by-year guide to ensuring your bobble head collection is complete.

Bobble Head Facts:

  • The David Murphy Bobble Head was a sponsor gift and not a give away. During the 2008 season, extra bobble heads were available for purchase in the Lowell Spinners Souvenir Store.
  • There are two variations of Jonathan Papelbon bobble heads. The bobble featuring Jonathan in a Spinners jersey was the giveaway item in 2006. The bobble featuring Jonathan in a Red Sox jersey was used as a sponsor gift following the 2007 season, as well as a giveaway item prior to the Red Sox Opening Morning Party at Hookslide Kelly's in April of 2008. Other dolls were sold as part of the "Spinners on Ice" promotion with the UMass Lowell Riverhawks in early 2008.
  • The Clay Buchholz Bobble Head was originally scheduled to be given away prior to the Spinners July 24, 2008 game. This game was completely rained out prior to gates opening. The bobble head was then given out on August 7, 2008.
  • The Pete Frates isn't a bobble head, rather a bobble Ice Bucket. 1,000 were given away at the gates July 26, 2015 and another 1,000 were available for purchase to raise funds and awareness for ALS and the Pete Frates #3 Fund.
  • Similarly the Extreme Blue the Frisbee Dog Bobble Head, originally scheduled for August 29, 2009, but rained out and moved to the Spinners first playoff game in 2009, September 8, 2009.
  • Loren and Wally bobble heads were given out on the same night, however fans received only one of the pair, at random. The only way to complete the set was through trading with other fans.
  • Toucher and Rich bobble heads were also given out on the same night, fans having the option to choose just Fred or Rich, but not both. Just 500 of each doll was made.
  • The Orchestra Conductor Bobble Head was originally intended to be Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart but was changed prior to the start of the season.
  • The Ted Williams Bobble Head was scheduled to be given away on July 1, 2008, but was delayed by United States Customs. In its place fans received coupons that could be exchanged for the doll upon its arrival.
  • Much the same way, the Milan Lucic Bobble Head, scheduled to be given away August 1, 2013, was held up in customs. The dolls did not arrive until September 2013, though Celebrities for Charities did have 1,000 of their own dolls made up which were sold at the Lucic Rock and Jock Classic, September 5.
  • The Al Kaprielian Bobble Head was scheduled to be given away July 8, 2010, but was delayed due to customs. The order then arrived damaged, allowing fans to exchange their vouchers beginning in August.
  • The Rick and Dick Hoyt Bobble Head is the first ever double bobble in Spinners history.
  • Kevin Youkilis has been honored twice, while Jacoby Ellsbury an Dustin Pedroia have been honored three times each.
  • Dracut High School's State Champion Football Team was honored with the first ever mini-bobble head.
  • The Ed LeLacheur Bobble Head was originally billed "Mystery Bobble Head," where even Ed didn't know he was being honored.
Bobble Head Date of Giveaway
Carlton Fisk June 29, 2001
Luis Tiant June 24, 2002
Canaligator August 18, 2002
Shea Hillenbrand July 1, 2003
David Eckstein July 22, 2003
Dog Man June 24, 2003
Jack Kerouac August 21, 2003
Jay Leno (Harley Davidson) August 26, 2003
Corey Jenkins (NFL/Spinners) June 24, 2004
Mike O'Malley June 28, 2004
Jimmy Buffett Parrot Head July 24, 2004
Peter Gammons August 2 , 2004
Stephen King August 13, 2004
Tank McNamara June 29, 2005
Kevin Youkilis August 1, 2005
Paul Revere August 13, 2005
Emeril Lagasse August 29, 2005
Wilton Veras June 22, 2006
Bret Saberhagen June 26, 2006
Adam Everett July 13, 2006
Ramon Martinez July 19, 2006
Freddy Sanchez July 26, 2006
Rich Garces August 1, 2006
Hanley Ramirez August 3, 2006
Jonathan Papelbon August 17, 2006
Luis Alicea August 21, 2006
Keith Foulke August 31, 2006
James Whistler June 21, 2007
Orchestra Conductor July 3, 2007
Anibal Sanchez July 16, 2007
Loren July 22, 2007
Wally July 22, 2007
Mike Lowell July 30, 2007
Johnny Pesky (Pesky Pole) August 23, 2007
Jacoby Ellsbury June 19, 2008
Ted Williams (Aviator in Jet) July 1, 2008
Dustin Pedroia July 6, 2008
Wade Boggs (Elmira) July 18, 2008
Clay Buchholz July 24, 2008
Joshua Papelbon July 30, 2008
Tom Glavine (Billerica High, 300 Wins) August 11, 2008
Jed Lowrie July 2, 2009
Mystery (Ed LeLacheur) July 3, 2009
Dustin Pedroia MVP July 15, 2009
Rick and Dick Hoyt July 16, 2009
Kevin Youkilis (Team USA) July 17, 2009
Justin Masterson July 23, 2009
Dracut High School Football (Mini Bobble) July 29, 2009
Micky Ward August 27, 2009
Gary DiSarcina August 31, 2009
Extreme Blue the Frisbee Dog September 8, 2009
Johnny Pesky (Navy Uniform) July 1, 2010
Al Kaprielian July 8, 2010
Jacoby Ellsbury (Red Sox Stolen Base Record) July 13, 2010
Allie Gator July 25, 2010
Heidi Watney August 1, 2010
"Utility" Lou Merloni August 11, 2010
Sen. John Kerry August 23, 2010
Sen. Scott Brown August 30, 2010
Mike Eruzione (Team USA: 1980 Miracle) August 31, 2010
Carl Yastrzemski (limited to 500) June 18, 2011
Rich Gedman June 27, 2011
Bobby Doerr (Army Uniform) July 1, 2011
Terry Francona July 20, 2011
Ryan Kalish July 25, 2011
Freddy Sanchez August 2, 2011
Sgt. Mickey O'Keefe August 18, 2011
Sen. Scott Brown (in pick-up truck) August 22, 2011
Dustin Pedroia August 26, 2011
Dick Berardino (Season Ticket Holder Exclusive) June 19, 2012
Jacoby Ellsbury Gold Glove/Silver Slugger June 22, 2012
Dom DiMaggio (Navy Uniform) June 1, 2012
Peter King July 12, 2012
Stephen King July 13, 2012
Human Home Run July 27, 2012
Jack Kerouac (Bobble Head / Bobble Thumb) August 7, 2012
Super Dustin Pedroia August 9, 2012
Will Middlebrooks August 28, 2012
Super Canaligator June 20, 2013
Band of Brothers July 2, 2013
Jack Kerouac (Lowell High School Football) July 25, 2013
Milan Lucic Rock & Jock Softball August 1, 2013
Zdeno Chara (Lowell Lock Monsters) August 15, 2013
Fred Toucher August 17, 2013
Rich Shertenlieb August 17, 2013
Jenny Dell August 26, 2013
Tooth Brush Holder June 22, 2014
Pedro Martinez June 26, 2014
Canaligator Military Style July 10, 2014
Dave Roberts The Steal August 7, 2014
Johnny Boychuk (Lowell Lock Monsters) August 21, 2014
Dogman (Faux Hair Mustache) July 15, 2015
Mookie Betts (Fan Choice) July 21, 2015
Keith Aucoin (Lowell Lock Monsters) July 23, 2015
Pete Frates Bobble Ice Bucket July 26, 2015
Balking Dead (Zombie) August 23, 2015
George Washington July 10, 2016
Spinners Jedi August 20, 2016
Andrew "King of Pop" Benintendi July 20, 2017
Jackie Bradley Jr. Ski Jump July 29. 2017
"Slick Rick" Porcello August 10, 2017
Mookie Betts Does the Carlton September 3, 2017
David Murphy 2003 Sponsor Gift
Jonathan Paplebon (Red Sox Uniform) 2007 Sponsor Gift
Chris Smith 2009 Thread Sox Nation
Aaron Bates 2010 Thread Sox Nation
Bristles 2011 Thread Sox Nation
Jacoby Ellsbury Gold Glove/Silver Slugger (Blue) 2012 Thread Sox Nation
Super Canaligator (Bronze) 2013 Thread Sox Nation
Pedro Martinez (Blue Jersey) 2014 Thread Sox Nation
Bryce Brentz 2015 Thread Sox Nation

*A special thank you to Spinners fan Randy Crihfield for his assistance in compiling the dates for this list. List current as of September 30, 2016.