The Bobblehead Project: Nolan Ryan vs. Robin Ventura

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Needless to say, this installment of the Bobblehead Project can be filed under "by popular demand."

To set the scene ... Arlington, Texas, August 4, 1993. Third inning, White Sox lead the Rangers 2-0 (in part because of Ventura's first-inning RBI single). Nolan Ryan plunks Ventura was a patented fastball, and after a moment's hesitation Ventura charges the mound ...

And here's an AP headline from the morning after:

And here, at long last, is the bobblehead of this still much-discussed tussle ...

As baseball brawls go, this is as iconic a moment as you'll find.

But, if I may, please allow me to play revisionist historian. First, Ryan's pummeling of Ventura essentially amounts to a series of hastily administered schoolyard noogies. Second, Ventura, as this action-news footage reveals, mounts a comeback in the end ...

Give it to Ryan on the judges' scorecards, but Ventura was in no way Farnsworthed.

Mostly, though, it's long past time that this showdown on the mound be commemorated in bobblehead form forevermore. And that's what we've done. Automatic for the people.

As always, thanks to our artist Jarod Valentin for his championship work.

Bobblehead Gallery (click on thumbnail) ...

Bobblehead Gallery (click on thumbnail) ...

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Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for and He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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