AAGPBL Champions Bobbleheads Series Unveiled
MILWAUKEE – This morning, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled the officially licensed, limited edition AAGPBL Champions Bobblehead Series. In honor of the 80th anniversary of the AAGPBL, the bobbleheads commemorate the championships won by six different teams during the 12-year history of the league from 1943 to 1954. The bobbleheads are being produced by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in conjunction with the AAGPBL.
The AAGPBL Champions Series includes the four-time champion Rockford Peaches (1945, 1948, 1949, 1950), two-time champion Grand Rapids Chicks (1947, 1953), Racine Belles (1943, 1946) and South Bend Blue Sox (1951, 1952) and one-time champion Kalamazoo Lassies (1954) and Milwaukee Chicks (1944). The bobbleheads were produced by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in conjunction with the AAGPBL.
Standing on a circular logo base bearing each team’s logo and name, the smiling AAGPBL player is holding a bat while wearing the team cap and uniform – a one-piece short-skirted flared tunic with a team patch in the center of the chest – with the distinctive team colors. Each bobblehead is standing beside replicas of the championship trophy or trophies won by the team. The bobblehead backing includes the team and league logos and the year of the championship season or seasons.
Each bobblehead is individually numbered to 1,943 for the year the AAGPBL was founded. The bobbleheads and they are available through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, and select stores in regional markets. The bobbleheads, which just arrived and ship now, are $40 each plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order or $225 for a complete set of six..
Founded by Philip K. Wrigley, the AAGPBL existed from 1943 to 1954 and was the forerunner of women’s professional league sports in the United States. Over 600 women played in the league, which consisted of teams in the Midwest. The 1992 fictional movie, “A League of Their Own,” told the story of the AAGPBL’s founding and play and brought renewed interest in the AAGPBL and the women who played professional baseball. The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., has a section dedicated to the AAGPBL and women in baseball.
“We’re excited to unveil bobbleheads of the six teams to claim championships in the 12-year history of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said. “The women who played in the AAGPBL were role models and paved the way for women in professional sports and beyond, and we think these bobbleheads are the perfect tribute.”
Other previously released AAGPBL bobbleheads include the AAGPBL Vintage collection featuring all 15 teams, the AAGPBL All-Star collection featuring 13 players, the Rockford Peaches Wall Catch bobblehead, and the Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel bobbleheads. Donahue and Henschel were featured in the Netflix documentary “A Secret Love,” which chronicled their 72-year relationship. The two met when Donahue was playing for the Peoria Redwings in the AAGPBL in 1947.
About the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum:
The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, which is located at 170 S. 1st St. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, opened to the public on February 1st, 2019. The HOF and Museum also produces high quality, customized bobbleheads for retail sale as well as organizations, individuals, and teams across the country. Visit us online and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About the AAGPBL:
Today, the AAGPBL Players Association is an active, nonprofit organization that promotes social activities and opportunities for its members. Its purposes are to research, collect, document, and preserve the history of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, and to disseminate educational information regarding the history of the League and its personnel. More information about the AAGPBL can be found at AAGPBL.org.