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Hey Jack Kerouac: Spinners to honor local hero with double bobble

Jack Kerouac double bobble

The Lowell Spinners (short season A; NY-Penn League) are once again honoring favorite son and unlikely ballpark hero Jack Kerouac, this time with a double bobble.

The double bobble, with both arm and head movement, will be available for the first 1,000 fans through the gates, courtesy of the UMass-Lowell English Department, as well as an online opportunity for fans unable to attend the game. Those fans will be able to purchase the doll, beginning Tuesday afternoon for $20, with $10 of the purchase price going to the Kerouac Scholarship Fund. The online sale will also be limited to 1,000 bobbleheads.

Kerouac, a native of Lowell, was an important part of the Beat Generation; his On the Road was a classic of its time and should see a resurgence in popularity once a movie version is released this year. You don’t see many literary heroes serving as bobblehead models, but this is the second time Lowell has issued a Kerouac figurine: the first one, given away in 2003, eventually found its way into Cooperstown’s National Baseball Hall of Fame.

“We are so thrilled to be able to honor one of Lowell’s favorite sons once again with this unique double bobble of Jack,” said Spinners Vice President of Public Relations and Promotions Jon Goode. “With the initial bobblehead, we had a map of the world with pin points from all of the requests. Adding the opportunity for fans from outside the region to get a doll, while also contributing to the Kerouac Scholarship Fund is a win/win for all involved.”

The team isn’t stopping in 2012 however, as plans are already in place for a to-be-determined 2013 home game to complete the Kerouac Bobblehead series with Jack in his Lowell High School football uniform.

“Anytime we can lean on the great history of Lowell and add a Spinner flair to it, it is an opportunity we can not resist,” said Goode.


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