Mind-Blowing Facts About Bobbleheads By Layne Kennedy
“People think they’re funny, they’re cute, they’re conversation starters. I don’t know why a bobbing head seems to make that much of a difference over a doll without a bobbing head, but it does.” — Warren Royal, Founder of Bobbleheads.com
When did bobbleheads as we know them today become a sports phenomenon? As it turns out, a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Candlestick Park in May 1999, when the San Francisco Giants gave away Willie Mays bobbleheads, is generally recognized as the first bobblehead event at any American sporting venue. The rest is history.
Some oversized bobbleheads have earned love from the Guinness Book of World Records. This bobblehead — made in support of Chuck Woolery’s “Naturally Stoned” on the Game Show Network — held the record for “Largest Bobblehead” for more than a decade. It was finally surpassed when Applied Underwriters built a bobblehead more than 15 feet tall in 2016.