LOWELL, Mass. (AP) _ A bobble-head doll of Beat Generation author Jack Kerouac created as a promotion by the minor-league Lowell Spinners joined the collection at the Baseball Hall of Fame Wednesday. Kerouac is believed to be the first literary figure so honored.
``The Hall of Fame’s collections are rich and diverse, given baseball’s history and role in helping to shape and define American culture,″ Hall spokesman Jeff Idelson said. ``Having the Jack Kerouac bobble-head in our collection is important, given he’s an American icon who had a deep passion for the game, which he shared in his writing.″
Fans began lining up more than 7 1/2 hours before the Spinners’ game on Aug. 21, 2003, when the bobble-head honoring the Lowell native was handed out to the first 1,000 fans. The demand forced the team to create another 500 bobble-heads, which helped raise more than $10,000 for Jack Kerouac Scholarships.
The mold has since been destroyed for fear of more being created without permission.
``In minor league baseball, the promotions play just as big of a role as the game itself,″ said Lowell General Manager Tim Bawmann. ``So to have one of your promotions be accepted into the Baseball Hall of Fame is a pinnacle achievement for us.″