CVB and Suns Unveil "Little Heiskell" Bobblehead
CAP: The Little Heiskell bobblehead is financially sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County CVB, and the one-of-a-kind collectible is being given away at the July 24th Hagerstown Suns home game. This is the first time that a bobblehead of Little Heiskell has ever been given out at a professional baseball game.
Hagerstown-Washington County CVB and Hagerstown Suns Unveil "Little Heiskell" Bobblehead; Symbol of Hagerstown to be Given Away at July 24th Home Game
Hagerstown, MD: The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau will present Little Heiskell bobbleheads to the first 1,000 fans arriving at the Hagerstown Suns' 7:05pm game against the West Virginia Power on Saturday, July 24.
Gates will open at Municipal Stadium at 6:05pm, and the Suns advise fans to arrive early, as the supply of bobbleheads is not expected to last long.
The bobblehead commemorates Hagerstown's most famous symbol. The seal of Hagerstown, along with the weathervane atop City Hall, is the Little Heiskell German soldier. Also, the sturdy soldier is also on the patch of the Hagerstown Police Department. There is even a replica of the famous symbol in the sidewalk in front of Hagerstown's City Hall. Some historians say that the soldier also may represent the uniform of the Maryland Militia during the French and Indian War, and Hagerstown's founder, Jonathan Hager, served as a Captain in that war.
The new bobblehead was unveiled at a press conference at the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau's Visitor Welcome Center.
"The Convention and Visitors Bureau is very proud to be the financial sponsor of this bobblehead giveaway," Bureau President and CEO Tom Riford said. "This is the symbol of Hagerstown, and it is terrific that our history and heritage is celebrated in this first-ever one-of-a-kind give away!"
Little Heiskell is the fifth figure to be honored by the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) with a bobblehead giveaway at Municipal Stadium, joining General George Washington, author Nora Roberts, MSO music director Elizabeth Schulze, and General Abner Doubleday.
"It is appropriate that our fifth annual CVB-sponsored bobblehead be of such an important and historic figure from our city's past," Riford said. "Just as Hagerstown fielded the first minor league baseball team in Maryland, the CVB is proud to make the Hagerstown Suns the first professional baseball team ever to give away a Little Heiskell bobblehead." The figure is historically dressed in the colonial period soldier's uniform.
The story of Little Heiskell is:
The City of Hagerstown was founded by German immigrant Jonathan Hager, and the streets laid out in 1761.
The weathervane known as Little Heiskell, a Pre-Revolutionary war ranger, was made in 1769 by a German tinsmith named Heiskell. Only a hammer and chisel were used to produce it. This weathervane stood atop the Market House and later it was moved to City Hall in Hagerstown, Maryland, for 166 years and is one of the oldest mementos of Hagerstown.
The silhouette was removed in 1824 from the Market House to the City Hall. During the Civil War, a Confederate sharp-shooter used "Little Heiskell" as a target, and as a result a bullet hole can be seen above the arm and gun. The famous incident was the result of Confederate soldiers betting that the weathervane could be hit a block away.
In 1935 the original was placed in the Museum of the Washington County Historical Society. It is now located in the Hager House Museum, City Park, where it is seen and enjoyed by thousands of visitors annually. Today an exact replica overlooks Hagerstown from atop City Hall as the original Heiskell did over two hundred years ago.
The weathervane has also been depicted in the city's annual Mummers Day Parade by Mr. Charles Harry Rittenhouse, Sr. sporting all of the necessary accoutrements of the German Mercenary Soldier. "Chaz" was the model for the bobblehead, and several photos were taken from several different angles to get the uniform exactly correct.
"This project has been more than eight months in the making," according to Hagerstown Suns General Manager Bob Flannery. "We've been working very hard with the CVB to make this bobblehead ready for the July 24th home game."
The game is expected to be a sell out, with only VIP seats and reserve grandstand seats currently available. The Hagerstown Suns management urges people to get reserved seats in advance of the game.
The Hagerstown Suns play at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, MD and are a Class "A" affiliate of the Washington Nationals. Visit the Suns on the web at www.hagerstownsuns.com. The Suns are owned by Los Angeles based Mandalay Baseball Properties.
The Hagerstown Suns are a member of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. For more information, see; www.marylandmemories.com. Washington County is part of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area. For more information see: www.heartofthecivilwar.org and also www.hallowedground.org.
This information was provided by the Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitor's Bureau - www.marylandmemories.com