This news may make every kid who grew up in the 1980s and early 90s lose all control. The Chicago White Sox are selling a Bo Jackson bat snapping bobblehead.
The former two-sport star himself was on hand this week in Chicago as White Sox Charities unveiled the new nodders. It’s the first official Bo bobblehead ever made. They show Jackson in Sox pinstripes breaking a bat over his knee — a moment in his career with the team that demonstrated his incredible strength — with a football and football helmet near his feet. The image honors his brief, but legendary careers in both professional sports leagues.
A portion of the proceeds from each one sold will benefit the team’s philanthropic efforts in greater Chicago. Each bobblehead costs $35 plus shipping at whitesox.com/BoBobble. You can save the shipping if you can get to Cellular Field and buy one there.
“Bo has maintained a strong connection to his home here in Chicago by engaging with fans at the ballpark and in the community as a White Sox ambassador,” said Christine O’Reilly, Chicago White Sox Charities executive director. “We are thrilled to offer fans an exclusive piece of sports memorabilia that celebrates his two-sport career and supports our philanthropic efforts in the Chicagoland community.”
Jackson was designated as the “Greatest Athlete of All Time” by ESPN’s Sports Science. The former MLB All-Star (1989) played eight seasons in the major leagues as an outfielder with Kansas City (1986-90), the White Sox (1991, 93) and California (1994). His dramatic home run vs. Seattle on September 27, 1993, helped the White Sox clinch the American League West. Also a standout NFL running back, Jackson was named to the NFL Pro Bowl in 1990, becoming the first athlete to make All-Star teams in two major North American sports.
Jackson first broke a bat over his knee when he was playing for the Kansas City Royals in the 1980s. You can buy signed photographs of that moment here.
This is the third consecutive year that White Sox Charities has held a bobblehead fundraising campaign. Previous campaigns have commemorated former team captain Paul Konerko in 2014 and first baseman Jose Abreu in 2015, raising a combined total of more than $200,000.