Sunday, September 20, 2020

The Tony Schiavone Bobblehead

by Dick Bourne
Mid-Atlantic Gateway

Tony & Bug take their place in the Mid-Atlantic Gateway Museum, safely ensconced
between the United States Championship belt and Blackjack Mulligan's famous cowboy hat.

Back in August of 2017, the Gwinnett Braves baseball team honored Tony Schiavone and his dog Bug with their very own bobblehead doll, given away to the first 2,500 fans that attended the Gwinnett Braves baseball game at Coolray Field on August 26. It was part of a "National Dog Day" at the park where fans could bring their pets to the game as well.

Schiavone was at that time the play-by-play radio voice of the Gwinnett Braves, the triple-A club of the Atlanta Braves, and a bit of a celebrity in the Atlanta area not only because of his association with G-Braves baseball, but also for his long history as the voice of World Championship Wrestling on WTBS and TNT in the 1980s and 1990s.

Tony was also a producer for the University of Georgia Bulldogs radio network at that time, and a barista at Starbucks! He currently is the star of one of the most popular pro-wrestling podcasts in the country (along with co-host Conrad Thompson) and, along with Jim Ross, is currently part of the top broadcast team for AEW Wrestling each Wednesday on the TNT Network. A true renaissance man if there ever was one!

Like us, Tony was a big fan of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling growing up and so we've given his baseball bobblehead its special spot in the Mid-Atlantic Gateway Museum, even though he's not wearing that sweet navy blazer with the "JCP Sports" emblem on it.

A Tony Schiavone bobblehead. Who would have thunk it?

Coolest. Bobblehead. Ever.

Edited and expanded from an original post on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway in September of 2017.

Image from Jared Wallis/YouTube
Check out Tony's huge interview about his days as a fan of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling.