As a young child in Oakland, a batboy for the local Major League Baseball team by the name Stanley Burrell would go on to become one of Hip Hop’s biggest entertainers in the late 80s and early 90s. Now known worldwide as MC Hammer, the longtime rapper and dancer has achieved fame and fortune due to his multi-platinum record sales including his diamond-selling 1990 smash album Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em.
On July 17, MC Hammer will be getting another high honor but this time it won’t be from the world of music. Hammer worked as a clubhouse assistant for his hometown squad Oakland Athletics between 1973 and 1980 and the MLB squad will be the first baseball team to award a bobblehead doll to a rapper. Bobblehead dolls usually feature former players and Hall Of Famers so Hammer is joining quite an elite list. Hall Of Fame left fielder Rickey Henderson recently received the honor as well.
The A’s will be facing the Los Angeles Angels on July 17 at 1:05 PM PT in Oakland at the O.co Coliseum where MC Hammer will throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the game. The first fifteen thousand fans in attendance will received a Hammer bobblehead doll.
MC Hammer has sold a reported 50 million albums worldwide in his 20-plus year career. Hammer is also one of the most media savvy entertainers after amassing a heavy following on Twitter and Facebook.
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