The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League is an important part of baseball’s rich history. And to reflect that history and the legacy of the women who played the game, for the first time each of the 15 AAGPBL teams will have their own bobblehead.
Made by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum and available to purchase Friday, these bobbleheads will give baseball fans the chance to know more about the AAGPBL and the 15 teams that played in the league over its 11 operational years. “A League of Their Own” introduced the world to the Rockford Peaches and the Racine Belles, but there were 13 other teams in the league and now everyone can get to know them a little better.
Phil Sklar, co-founder and CEO of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, told Yahoo Sports he has a particular closeness to women’s baseball that inspired the project.
“It’s a rare day when we don’t think of an idea for a new bobblehead — we’re always watching out for new opportunities,” Sklar said. “My co-founder, Brad Novak, and I were both born and raised in Rockford, Illinois, so we grew up knowing more about the AAGPBL and the Rockford Peaches than most.”
Sklar and Novak realized that only a few of the 15 AAGPBL teams had any kind of official bobblehead, so they reached out to the league last summer to see if they could change that. The AAGPBL was all for it and jumped on board the project.
The process of developing and producing the bobbleheads took nearly a year. It could have been done in less time, but Sklar, Novak, and the AAGPBL wanted to make sure every detail was right. They worked with league experts who know the team uniforms, colors and patches to make sure every detail was accurate.