Sunday, January 16, 2011

Roberto Clemente Rare Baseball Bobblehead

Another Bobblehead Story.

One of my favorite bobbleheads. This is a Roberto Clemente/Montreal Royals bobblehead. It was produced by the Montreal Expos in 2003. That year the Expos played a couple of homestands in Puerto Rico. To honor the great Clemente, they created a Clemente bobblehead with the Montreal Royals jersey.

The Royals were a minor league team for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1939 to 1960.

While playing in a Puerto Rico league, the Brooklyn Dodgers signed him to a contract to play for Montreal.

One of the biggest mistakes in Dodgers history was when they lost Clemente to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In 1954, Clyde Sukeforth, a scout for the Pirates noticed that Clemente was being used as a bench player for the team and discussed the possibility of drafting Clemente to the Pirates.

The Pirates selected Clemente as the first selection of the rookie draft that took place on November 22, 1954.

What's odd is that Sukeforth was a Brooklyn Dodgers scout for many decades before scouting for the Pirates. He was the one that helped Jackie Robinson come to the Major Leagues.

Clemente could have been a Dodgers legend.

Pictures of the bobblehead. Only 6000 were made.


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Other interesting bobblehead stories -

Michael Jordan {linked here}

Jackie Robinson {linked here}