Saturday, July 18, 2009

Old Forty-Eight Hours. . .Bobblehead

Much excitement pervaded some among the ranger staff at Antietam today, and not just because it was a Fee Free Day at the park. Instead, we learned early this morning that the Hagerstown Suns, a Class A Affiliate of the Washington Nationals, was having a promotional give-away for the first 1,000 fans who passed through the gates at tonight's home game. The free, promotional item you ask? Well, a bobblehead doll of Union General Abner "Old Forty-Eight Hours" Doubleday. For a few of us, this was a must have. So, when work was through for the day, Rangers Gwinn, Schmidt, and myself headed up Route 65, anticipation building. When we arrived at the stadium, we were dismayed to see a line of people stretching as far as the eye could see. It may have been the picture perfect weather, but we believed it more so the appeal of securing the Doubleday bobblehead that drew the crowds. We waited for 20 minutes in line; losing faith that we would not be among the lucky 1,000. Finally, we got to the gates. . .and picked up our own treasures. Afterward, we left; not wanting to watch the game, we were perfectly content to pay the $7.00 admission just to get the bobblehead portrait of old General Doubleday.

9 comments:

Mannie Gentile said...

You must be very proud.

John David Hoptak said...

Indeed!

Gary Dombrowski said...

Very cool.~Gary

Will Hickox said...

Sure, it's disappointing to see that the "Doubleday invented babseball" myth is still alive, but who can resist a Civil War general bobblehead?

John David Hoptak said...

Yes! I am hoping I can incorporate it into my tour somehow. . .

Jim Hessler said...

Now you need to get an Oliver Howard bobble head who can blame his July 1 defeat on the Doubleday bobble head.

Jim Hessler
"Sickles at Gettysburg"

John David Hoptak said...

Jim
Very funny, though I am something of a champion for O.O. Howard.

Jim Rosebrock said...

John, perhaps a line of Antietam bobbleheads is in order. There is certainly the talent on the ranger staff to make this happen.

Harry said...

I've never seen anyone produce one single shred of evidence that Howard blamed his defeat on Doubleday.