This promotion might call for a demotion. Just days after the anniversary of the Battle of the Greasy Grass, also known as the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Minor League Baseball's Hagerstown, Maryland Suns will be giving away George Armstrong Custer bobbleheads to the first 1,000 fans through the gates.
The Suns game scheduled for Saturday, June 29, will feature the giveaway, which is sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The six-inch-tall bobbling, nodding toy was unveiled yesterday, the anniversary of Custer's death at Greasy Grass, at the Hagerstown Visitor Welcome Center. June 29 marks the 150th anniversary of Custer’s Civil War promotion to the rank of brigadier general.
Custer, most famous for his "last stand" at Greasy Grass on June 25, 1876, "was very important in the [Civil War] battles of Hagerstown and the surrounding area,” Robert Bruchey II, Suns interim general manager and former Hagerstown mayor told the Associated Press.
“[This] bobblehead is about what [Custer] did here [in Hagerstown], in 1863, truly heroic in proportions,” said Thomas Riford, president and chief executive officer of the Hagerstown visitors bureau.
The team is expecting a large draw for the game, which is their eighth annual bobblehead giveaway.
"Our fans just like to come out and collect. George Armstrong Custer was a big folk hero here in this area because all the service he gave here in Hagerstown when he was here. I think it's fitting," Bruchey told Your4State.com.