When it comes to sentimental value and overall creativity, this bobblehead may be No. 1. On July 12, 2014, the Dodgers gave out this unique bobblehead of Pee Wee Reese pushing Roy Campanella in his wheel chair.
On May 7, 1959, the Dodgers made it Roy Campanella Night at the L.A. Coliseum. Campanella is widely regarded as the greatest catcher in Dodgers history. During his 10 years with Brooklyn, he won three MVP awards and a World Series title. In January of 1958, his car skidded on a patch of ice and hit a telephone pole. Campanella was paralyzed from the shoulders down and would spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair.
The following year in 1959, the Dodgers decided to pay tribute to their former catcher. The Yankees agreed to come to the Coliseum to play an exhibition game in Campanella’s honor. More than 93,000 fans showed up, with proceeds going toward Campanella’s medical bills.
Reese pushed his former teammate out to the mound. He’s the incredible moment from that night, where the 90,000+ fans all lit matches.
Listen to Vin Scully talk about the moment and the night.
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