July 3, 2006 - Florida State League (FSL) - Fort Myers Miracle
FORT MYERS, FL (July 3, 2006) - Bill Murray was on Saturday Night Live, has been in countless movies including Caddyshack and Ghostbusters, and has been Oscar nominated while winning numerous awards, but all that pales in comparison to July 8, 2006 when he will be immortalized on a bobble-head as Miracle Baseball hands out 1,000 of the head shaking dolls presented by Bayer TopChoice, WWOR and WJGO.
Murray, a lifetime Cubs fan and part owner of the Miracle, will be donning a Gray Harbor Loggers jersey on his bobble-head. During the summer of 1978 Murray joined the Loggers for one day. The cast of Saturday Night Live was asked to find something to do they\'ve always wanted to do and for Murray it was play professional baseball. Murray joined the independent team in Gray Harbor, MA where he knocked in a couple of runs during his one day stint.
"This is something that is a long time in the making" said Miracle General Manager Steve Gliner. "Bill didn\'t just want to do a bobble-head to do a bobble-head and this was a great way to honor him for his service, as not only as part owner of the Miracle, but for his amazing career as a ball player."
Game time is 7:05 p.m. with gates opening at 6:00 p.m. and the first 1,000 fans through the gates on Saturday, July 8 will receive the Bill Murray bobble-head. Each team in the Goldklang Group, which includes the Miracle, Charleston River Dogs, St. Paul Saints, Hudson Valley Renegades, Brockton Rox and Sioux Falls Canaries, will take part in this giveaway throughout the season. The Goldklang group is headed by Marv Goldklang and Mike Veeck along with other partners such as Murray.
Tickets for the July 8 game against the Sarasota Reds can be purchased by calling the Miracle office at 239-768-4210 or going on line to www.miraclebaseball.com. Box seats are $6 and general admission is $4.