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Tracking Down a Great Story: Kent Hrbek, Carrier and ALS Bobblehead

History Behind a Unique Baseball BobbleheadHrbek

Kent Hrbek is a Minnesota classic. He played his entire 14-year career for his hometown MLB team, was the first player to hit a home run in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome and was instrumental in the Twins' World Series championship in '87 and '91. Of course, it seems right to have our Minnesota baseball legend honored as a bobblehead!

Bobblehead hunter Scott Ploehn was on a mission to find the story behind a very special Kent Hrbek bobblehead. He finally tracked down his answers woth a helpful conversonsation with a member of the Stay Comfy, Minnesota team. Here's what Ploehn found out:

Minnesota Air and Carrier was the guest of honor at the 2007 ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Gala. Hrbek passionately supports research in an effort to raise money and awareness of the disease. Herbie loved the idea of a bobblehead displayed on the tables at the gala that showed the relationship between Hrbek, Minnesota Air, Carrier and his TV show, “Kent Hrbek Outdoors.” The bobbleheads were a hit at the gala. Fans can still enjoy these today; some Carrier dealers display them in their showrooms along with other Kent Hrbek memorabilia.

Check out Scott’s full blog, and as a special treat, watch Herbie's ice bucket challenge video. It is an ALS fundraiser after all!

Image Source: The Bobble Hunter


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