With a new Kickstarter campaign, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee aims to honor an important but underappreciated part of baseball history.
The museum and its partners launched a campaign Friday to raise funds to create bobbleheads commemorating 10 Negro League baseball teams. The campaign reached its initial goal of $7,500 in fewer than 24 hours. If the museum raises $15,000 by the end of the month, it will create bobbleheads representing 15 different teams including the Birmingham Black Barons, the Baltimore Elite Giants and the St. Louis Stars.
“We think bobbleheads are a great way to really celebrate the league and the players and keep their memory alive,” said the museum’s founder and CEO Phil Sklar.
The timing is perfect for the project, Sklar said. Rube Foster founded the Negro National League on Feb. 13, 1920. Not only does this month mark the 100th anniversary of Negro League baseball, but it’s also Black History Month and Spring Training is just weeks away.
Teams from Major League Baseball, the National Football League and the National Basketball Association have all had commemorative bobbleheads since the 1960s. This will mark the…