Resuming our countdown with a bobblehead that recreates one of the more famous photos in Dodgers history.
Back in 1977, the Dodgers had not one, not two, not three, but FOUR players who finished the season with at least 30 home runs. The four were Steve Garvey, Ron Cey, Dusty Baker and Reggie Smith. The Dodgers became the first team in MLB history to have four players on a roster hit at least 30 homers in a season.
Garvey finished the season with 33 home runs, the only season during his 19-year career in which he hit at least 30. Smith finished with 32, a career-high and only one of two seasons during his 17-year career in which he hit more than 30 homers. Cey finished the season with exactly 30 homers, the only season during his 17-year career in which he hit 30 home runs. Finally, Baker finished with 30, needing every game of the season to reach that number.
Baker hit his 30th home run in the sixth inning of the final game of the 1977 campaign. You guessed it. It was the only season during his 19-year career in which he hit 30 home runs.
To commemorate the historic season, the Dodgers took this famous photo. The four players together with a bat in their hands. Behind them on the scoreboard, the number 30.
Flash forward to 2014, and the Dodgers honored that iconic photo with a bobblehead.
This is one of the few bobbleheads the Dodgers have given out that features multiple players on it, and it’s one of the best. Having these four players commemorated on the same bobblehead is fantastic.
Looking at the bobblehead compared to the original photo, it’s pretty spot on. They got the poses and mannerisms down to perfection. Not only that, the bobblehead also features the iconic background behind them.
The only negative I have about this bobblehead is how small it is, but that’s something I can get past. Having four players like this would have been tough to make into a big bobblehead, so I understand the size of it.
If you’re a lifelong Dodgers fan, this is definitely one that needs to be added to your collection.
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