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Hard as it may be to believe, the forever-youthful, baseball-loving Peanuts gang turns 60 this year. It was October 2, 1950, when cartoonist Charles Schulz first introduced his comic strip featuring the wise and witty child philosophers who would become global icons within a few short years. To celebrate this momentous occasion, numerous events are being held across the globe, including a variety of Major League Baseball events that celebrate the Peanuts charactersâ€™ (perhaps-unrequited) love of the game. In addition, a myriad of special Peanuts books, tees, plush and memorabilia can help fans savor the joy of the anniversary for years to come.
Major League Baseball teams including the San Francisco Giants, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and Minnesota Twins are also on board and will host 60th anniversary days with various activities including bobblehead giveaways and other Peanuts-themed activities. All nine Cedar Point locations will celebrate with themed parties at each park. Hallmark, the exclusive destination for Peanuts 60th anniversary product such as plush, giftware and Keepsakes ornaments, will feature Peanuts prominently throughout the year.
Whether youâ€™re a dogged Snoopy devotee, a Linus lover or Charlie Brown champion, youâ€™ll find a special way to celebrateâ€”from ballpark outings to gift-collecting and much more.
PEANUTS ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
Go to Bat for Peanuts!
Charles Schulz loved baseballâ€”and so does the Peanuts gang. Though Charlie Brownâ€™s hapless team may not ever win a game, dozens of â€śPeanutsâ€ť comic strips find them out in the ballpark fielding flies (and, sadly, dropping them) and throwing witticisms from the outfield. This summer, Major League Baseball teams around the country are hosting special Peanuts Anniversary events:
June 13â€”San Francisco
San Francisco Giants vs Oakland Aâ€™s
Lucy serves as guest of honor for â€śGirlâ€™sDay!â€ť when the team honors female athletes from the Bay Area. The first 20,000 guests will receive a Lucy bobblehead.
June 20 (Fatherâ€™s Day)â€”Detroit
Detroit Tigers vs Arizona Diamondbacks
â€śEvery Kid, Every Sunday.â€ť Snoopy throws out the first pitch and every kid in attendance receives a Charlie Brown bobblehead.
June 26â€”Anaheim, California
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs Colorado Rockies
â€śPeanuts 60th Anniversary Angels Snoopy Bobblehead courtesy of Knottâ€™s Berry Farm Camp Snoopy.â€ť Snoopy helps throw out the first pitch, and all kids ages 2â€“18 receive a Snoopy bobblehead.
August 8â€”Cleveland, Ohio
Minnesota Twins vs Cleveland Indians
Peanuts costumed characters from Cedar Point will be at the game
August 15â€”St. Paul, Minnesota
Minnesota Twins vs Oakland Aâ€™s
A special occasion in Charles Schulzâ€™s hometown, where Charlie Brownâ€™s dreams of baseball glory were born! Event details will be forthcoming.
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