The Knot Hole Kids
The next helmet with a story showed up in September of 2005. I dropped a $100 on this helmet on eBay and purchased it from a gentleman in Chicago. (If you haven't figured it out yet, Chicago tends to be a hotbed for these helmets!) The helmet was the very first blue White Sox helmet that I ever came across. The neat thing about this one, however, is that it said Grand Stand on the helmet so it was an obvious promotional helmet. After requesting more information, the gentleman told me that the helmet was his brother's. The gentleman stated that he was only a year old while his brother was eight years old in 1970. The helmet was given out at Comisky Park during Grand Stand Helmet Day. His brother also belonged to the White Sox Knothole Gang fan club, but this gentleman did not know if this helmet giveaway was affiliated with being in that group. He included that it had been in his family the entire time and those are the helmets that I am thrilled to get because I know they are not going anywhere as long as I own them. (On a side note, I recently discovered that none other than Branch Rickey was the man who came up with the Knot Hole Kids gangs. Isn't that kind of cool!)
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