· By Mackenzie Brown
DIRTY BIRDS HOST WHEELER BOB WEDNESDAY TOMORROW WITH TICKETS FOR “JUST FIVE DOLLARS!”
CHARLESTON, WV (September 5, 2023) – As Robert “Wheeler Bob” Friedman works his 50th anniversary season in professional baseball this year, the Charleston Dirty Birds will celebrate his service with “Wheeler Bob Wednesday” tomorrow night (Sept. 6). In honor of one of his most frequent calls as a vendor, “Just five dollars,” the team is offering general admission tickets to the game for just $5.
Wheeler Bob has been a fixture as a vendor at baseball games at Charleston’s ballparks since he started vending during the 1970s with the Charleston Charlies. By the late 1980s when the Charleston Wheelers revived baseball at Watt Powell Park, he earned the nickname “Wheeler Bob” as his very public persona. The name has stuck, even as the home team names have changed three times since then.
Fans who want to join the celebration will need to be at the ballpark by 6:15 p.m. for a pre-game ceremony in his honor, including a first pitch by the long-time pitchman of baseball merchandise. The game against the Lexington Counter Clocks will begin at 6:35.
The Charleston Dirty Birds are a member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary season in 2023, the Atlantic League is Major League Baseball’s first Professional Partner League, a player gateway to the major leagues, and a leader in baseball innovation. ALPB has sent over 1,200 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 45 million fans to its family-friendly ballparks throughout its 25-year history. Please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.