Living down the hall from someone who one would call a fanatic bobblehead collector, I often find myself wandering over to peruse my neighbor’s newest additions. Having surpassed over 200 different unique bobbles (the majority Brewers), I couldn’t help but notice many names repeated in the iconic bobblehead ensemble- and this got us talking.
One might say, these are the Top 5 Brewers bobbleheads that need to happen soon-
- Ted Higuera – Teddy spent 9 years with the Brewers in the 80’s and 90’s. He was the first Mexican born American League pitcher to record a 20-win season (’86) and in his first 4 years posted a 3.25 ERA with a record of 69-38 and 766 strikeouts.
- Dan Plesac – While being one of those guys that’s played for everybody, Dan spent ’86 – ’92 with the Brewers. In that time, he set and holds a bunch of pitching records (5 total, holds 2nd in 2 more) and he was an all-star in ’87, ’88 and ’89. This is one that really boggles the brain!
- Juan Nieves – April 15, 1987- The ONLY no-hitter ever thrown in Brewers history! That should be more than enough- (perhaps for 30th anniversary we could see this?)
- Tom Trebelhorn – He managed the crew from ’86 – ’91, during that forgotten era that we saw such great players like the 3 guys mentioned above. He ended his tenure with the Brewers with a winning record, 422-397.
- Easter Sunday Dale- This would make for a SOLID bobblehead, showing Dale Sveum hitting the game-winning homer on April 19, 1987— We’ve seen Rob Deer’s moment, now it’s time to show Easter Sunday Dale’s moment!
In closing, we’ve seen a bunch of repeat bobbles like Braun, Uecker, even Yount getting one every few years- all the way to sausages, barrelmen, and even a dog- I feel it is time to embrace the post-world series 1980’s Brewers, and the glory that many of the later Generation X’ers/early millenials grew up watching.
Of course, in writing this blog I had to run down the hall to discuss these choices, and that has opened a can of worms. Ryan and I started writing down our ideas (first and foremost- get a white board to write down ideas)- and now have a list of ten more “Honorable Mention” bobbles that we believe need to be celebrated and appreciated – but that is for another article!
Disagree with this top 5? Have something to add? Please feel free to respond in the comments section! We’d love to hear what you think.