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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Telegraph’s Tom King now a ‘bobblehead’

NASHUA – When Telegraph sportswriter Tom King heard the Silver Knights had picked Friday as “Tom King bobblehead night,” former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez came to mind.

“First thing I thought was, ‘I’m going to outdraw Pedro Martinez bobblehead night,’” King said with the hearty laugh for which he’s known. ...

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NASHUA – When Telegraph sportswriter Tom King heard the Silver Knights had picked Friday as “Tom King bobblehead night,” former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez came to mind.

“First thing I thought was, ‘I’m going to outdraw Pedro Martinez bobblehead night,’” King said with the hearty laugh for which he’s known.

Indeed, only about 950 fans came to Holman Stadium on July 12 for Martinez’s bobblehead night, and, King said, more than 1,000 tickets for Friday were sold in advance and as many as 1,000 more fans could show up, thanks to complimentary tickets they received for donating blood at the recent American Red Cross blood drive in Nashua.

The idea of making the veteran Telegraph scribe, who also has a pretty robust following on “Christian and King,” the weekday ESPN New Hampshire radio show he co-hosts with Christian Arcand, a “bobblehead honoree” first came up back in December, King said.

“They called me in February, during my radio show,” he said. “They said this is what we want to do, what’s a good date?”

King said the Silver Knights indicated they chose to bestow the honor not only for his coverage of the Knights, but his years of covering all other teams that have called Holman Stadium home over the decades.

While he’s flattered by the gesture, King said that being the subject of a bobblehead Night is only a small part of the story.

“The big story is the fact there’s a team in Holman Stadium in Nashua that’s able to do bobblehead nights,” he said.

– DEAN SHALHOUP