The Auburn Doubledays will honor one of Auburn's most important citizens with a bobblehead giveaway on Saturday, July 31st. William Seward, who served as a United States Senator, Governor of New York and Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln will add the bobblehead to the list of other items bearing his name in Auburn including a street, a school and a park.
The first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a bobblehead which is sponsored by Bass Pro Shops. "This is a great way to get kids and people who may not have taken an interest in Auburn's history to realize that William Seward was an incredibly important part of American history", said Doubledays General Manager, Carl Gutelius.
Seward is best known for his role in the purchase of Alaska from Russia. That event was celebrated with a visit from Alaska Governor Sarah Palin on Auburn's first Founder's Day in 2009. His Auburn home is a major historical attraction and includes an incredible collection of artifacts.
This is not the first historical figure to be honored by the Doubledays. The team is named after Abner Doubleday, a famour Civil War general and the rumored inventor of baseball. The team's mascot, who had his own bobblehead in 2003, is named Abner.
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