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One of the first bobbleheads was supposedly made in 1920 by the New York Knicks. However, the New York Knicks came into existence in 1946. This obviously presents a discrepancy. Can someone please help me out?

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    You are right that the Knicks began in 1946. What is your source that talks about the early Knicks bobble head? – Ben Miller Nov 25 '14 at 2:55
  • Nicks are a basketball team, so I changed your baseball tag to a basketball tag! – alamoot Nov 25 '14 at 3:32
  • If you're interested, I received an inconclusive but helpful email from the folks at the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame, so it's possible this will eventually have a good answer! – Joe Dec 4 '14 at 18:08
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I don't see anything more specific than Ben Miller's comments on bobbleheads.

However, I would note that the Original Celtics were active in New York (not Boston) in the 1920s, and they were a very showman-like - even circus-like - team; basically a slightly more serious version of the Harlem Globetrotters, with a similar record (193-11-1). It seems likely they would have thought of something like this.

There was also the Harlem Rens in this period, who were commonly the opponents of the Celtics.


Follow up: I emailed the folks at the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame, and they replied with (in part):

We did add a note to our site regarding this bobblehead and the fact we are investigating further. It's odd that so many sites have listed this information. We have spent a good amount of time looking into this and haven't been able to find anything conclusive yet. I will appeal to the folks on the Bobblehead Addicts page and some sports historians in the New York area to get to the bottom of this. I will surely let you know what we find out!

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This is turning out to be a very interesting question. Doing some research, I have found a few different sources claiming that sports bobbleheads got their start in the 1920s with the New York Knicks:

These articles, unfortunately, provide no sources. They are not a copy-and-pastes of each other. This "fact" was even picked up by a recent article in the Tampa Bay Tribune.

However, this cannot actually be true, since the New York Knicks did not begin until 1946. I think this is just a matter of some article somewhere putting out this "fact" and everyone else just assuming it is true. But I haven't been able to determine what the original source is.

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