Now Announcing the Boots Poffenberger Bobble Head

My old friend, Boots Poffenberger is back in the news, as the Washington County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has announced that its “mystery bobble head,” to be given away at the August 12th Hagerstown Suns game against the West Virginia Power, is none other than Cletus Elwood himself.

I was privileged to attend the grand reveal on Friday at the Welcome Center in Hagerstown. Also in attendance were Jerry and Joan Knode, Boots’ son and daughter-in-law. I expect that half of Williamsport will be in attendance on giveaway night and I predict that the Third Base Tavern will be emptier than it has been on any Saturday night since Prohibition.

Woolie B., the Suns mascot, Joan Knode, CVB Director Dan Spedden, and Jerry Knode

I can only imagine that Boots would be puzzled over this bobble head business, and it would be more appropriate to honor him by handing out beer mugs. In any case, I’ll be there on the 12th, answering questions and selling books and no doubt, more than anything else, listening to folks tell their Boots stories. That’s one of the privileges of being a writer: People carry around precious memories and and decide to share them with me.

If you are interested in going, I suggest buying tickets in advance. The gates will open at 4:30 that night, which is a Saturday, and the game begins at 6:05. Get there early, for the bobble head will be given to the first 1,000 fans only. For you Nationals fans who might not know, the Hagerstown Suns are a Washington Class A affiliate. I’d love to see you there and believe me, you’ll receive a one-of-a-kind souvenir of a truly one-of-a-kind person.

Click here for WDVM’s segment on the reveal.

Click here for the Herald-Mail’s story on the reveal.

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About Austin Gisriel

You know the guy that records a baseball game from the West Coast in July and doesn't watch it until January just to see baseball in the winter? That's me. I'm a writer always in search of a good story, baseball or otherwise.
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2 Responses to Now Announcing the Boots Poffenberger Bobble Head

  1. jal64 says:

    Bummer … can’t come. I will be working on the golf course that day. Jerry “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” Winston Churchill

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