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Custer's last last stand?

Monumental Error: Baseball Team Offers Custer Bobbleheads


This promotion might call for a demotion. Just days after the anniversary of the Battle of the Greasy Grass, also known as the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Minor League Baseball's Hagerstown, Maryland Suns will be giving away George Armstrong Custer bobbleheads to the first 1,000 fans through the gates.

The Suns game scheduled for Saturday, June 29, will feature the giveaway, which is sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The six-inch-tall bobbling, nodding toy was unveiled yesterday, the anniversary of Custer's death at Greasy Grass, at the Hagerstown Visitor Welcome Center. June 29 marks the 150th anniversary of Custer’s Civil War promotion to the rank of brigadier general.

Custer, most famous for his "last stand" at Greasy Grass on June 25, 1876, "was very important in the [Civil War] battles of Hagerstown and the surrounding area,” Robert Bruchey II, Suns interim general manager and former Hagerstown mayor told the Associated Press.

“[This] bobblehead is about what [Custer] did here [in Hagerstown], in 1863, truly heroic in proportions,” said Thomas Riford, president and chief executive officer of the Hagerstown visitors bureau.

The team is expecting a large draw for the game, which is their eighth annual bobblehead giveaway.

"Our fans just like to come out and collect. George Armstrong Custer was a big folk hero here in this area because all the service he gave here in Hagerstown when he was here. I think it's fitting," Bruchey told Your4State.com.

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Anonymous's picture
Submitted by Anonymous on
Yea, I'm white, white as they come, my hair is even white. Here's what I think; Custer was murdering psychopath. I think that's been pretty clearly established in modern times. Thomas Riford should resign, and if not, then he should be removed and all these disgusting bobble heads should be destoryed. Ya, know Riford, you dick, there's people who think Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin are still hero's too...What's next Riford? Some Bobble headed dolls of those monsters? Complete Jackass.

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Submitted by cherokee723 on
I'm sure Adolph Hitler is celebrated for his contribution of heroic proportions in some German communities. It doesn't change the fact that he was a psychopathic murder!

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Submitted by boygeneral on
I would like to remind whoever has issue with this promotion in Hagerstown, MD, that this Brigadier General George A. Custer who was a hero at Gettysburg 150 years ago. This is not the mythological Custer of 1876. To say Custer was akin to Stalin or Hitler is pure hype. I understand that Crazy Horse, American Horse and other great Native warriors defeated a portion of the 7th Cavalry on June 25, 137 years ago, but before Custer came west, he had four heroic and very successful years fighting "Rebs" in the Civil War. The next time you wonder why a loser had a battlefield named for him, study his Civil War career. The real Custer is there. If you still want to blame someone for the demise of native peoples, think Sheridan, Grant, Sherman, Quakers, a politicians in DC. Think Columbus, think Chivington. Enough of scape-goating Ole Curley. Some of us think the Custer of 1863 should be celebrated. I also think you should read Vine DeLoria's Custer Died For Your Sins.