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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

David Murphy

2003 Sponsor Gift

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

Jonathan Paplebon (Red Sox Uniform)

2007 Sponsor Gift

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

Chris Smith

2009 Thread Sox Nation

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

Aaron Bates

2010 Thread Sox Nation

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

Bristles

2011 Thread Sox Nation

Sen. Scott Brown (in pick-up truck, Bronze)

2011 Thread Sox Nation

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

Jacoby Ellsbury Gold Glove/Silver Slugger (Blue)

2012 Thread Sox Nation

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

Super Canaligator (Bronze)

2013 Thread Sox Nation

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

Pedro Martinez (Blue Jersey)

2014 Thread Sox Nation

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

Bryce Brentz

2015 Thread Sox Nation

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

Paw Patrol "Chase"

July 9, 2017

Steve Horgan "Home Run Cop"

June 29, 2018

Army Man

July 19, 2018

Flow Bros

July 29, 2018

Astronaut Rick Lannehan

August 18, 2018

Andrew "8-Bit-intendi"

August 25, 2018

*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.