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Stop. Bobble Time.

Hammer makes history.


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Courtesy of the Oakland A’s

Usually, a guy has to score big on the field to be given the honor of becoming a bobblehead giveaway. But A’s stars Jemile Weeks and Coco Crisp are going to have to wait their turn, because July 17 is MC Hammer Bobblehead Day.

The legendary rap star and East Bay native never had a single save or stolen base, but MC Hammer’s history with the A’s is the stuff of legend. As a kid in the early 1970s, Hammer was a die-hard fan who would dance in the coliseum parking lot before games. A’s owner Charles Finley hired the enthusiastic fan as a bat boy and clubhouse assistant. But young Hammer, who worked for the A’s from 1973 to 1980, wasn’t all that popular with the players. In fact, he was rumored to be a clubhouse spy for Finley.

In the mid-1980s, Hammer borrowed some cash from two A’s outfielders to start his own record label. Fifty million records and several reality shows later, he was a full-fledged pop-culture icon. And now, he’s part of the A’s bobblehead hall of fame.

15,000 fans attending the July 17 game against Anaheim will receive a bobblehead; oaklandathletics.com.

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