Friday, June 12, 2009

Doll Collecting – Baseball Fever – Tommy On-Deck

Where does the time go? It's been a while since I've posted a new blog. It may be spring fever – it's just hard to stay inside. Or it may be travel fever – it's just hard to stay home.

The Game -Baseball

Whatever fever it is, one thing for sure is that many, many people have baseball fever. I'm sure my fellow Pennsylvanians are watching the Phillies and hoping they repeat their 2008 season as World Series champions.

It is at a young age when many boys and girls begin their baseball experience. It starts in the back yard, with mom or dad, playing catch. You put on your first baseball mitt, throw your first pitch, and bat your first ball. Then you wear your first baseball cap, dress in your their first baseball uniform, and before you know it, you're in your first Little League baseball game.

The Doll - Tommy - On Deck

To rekindle your baseball memories, artist Carole Jeane captured the essence in a doll named Tommy - On Deck. Tommy On-Deck is a porcelain collector doll issued by the Danbury Mint in 1994 and created by artist Carole Jeane. When I look at him, I have visions of my brothers in their young baseball days. I swear if I rolled up Tommy's pant leg, I'd see the same band-aids with which my youngest brother adorned his knees.

Tommy - On Deck is a typical boy ready to play baseball. He is dressed in light blue pants with a red, white & blue shirt, and sneakers. He wears his blue & white baseball helmet with pride as he sucks on his lollipop and leans on his bat, waiting for the words "Batter up!" Tommy's hair is brown and his eyes are blue/grey in color. On Deck measures approximately 19" in height in his standing position. Visit for information about Tommy On-Deck.

The History - Baseball

Wikipedia tells us: The history of baseball in the United States can be traced to the 18th century, when amateurs played a baseball-like game by their own informal rules using improvised equipment. The popularity of the sport inspired the semi and fully professional baseball clubs in the 1860s. For more information about the game of baseball, here are a few websites you can visit:

Batters up!

Tommy and I will see you at the ball game!