This morning, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled an officially licensed, limited-edition bobblehead commemorating the LSU Tigers’ 2023 Baseball National Championship. The bobblehead, which features LSU’s mascot, Mike the Tiger, celebrates the baseball team’s 2023 season which culminated with the Men’s College World Series title in Omaha, Nebraska on June 26th. The special edition bobblehead is being produced exclusively by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum.
Wearing a gold No. 1 baseball jersey with Tigers across the front and Mike across the back, the Mike the Tiger bobblehead is holding a bat on his right shoulder while standing on a baseball field base featuring the LSU and championship logos. Each bobblehead will be individually numbered to only 2,023 and they are only available through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store. The bobbleheads, which are expected to ship in November, are $35 each plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order.
The LSU baseball team captured the seventh national title in program history, and the first since 2009, with a convincing 18-4 victory over Florida in Game 3 of the College World Series championship series on Monday, June 26th before a crowd of 24,878 at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, Nebraska. The second-seeded Gators took a 2-0 lead after one inning in the winner-take-all finale, but the fifth-seeded Tigers scored six runs in the second inning, four more in the fourth and continued to pour it on. Dylan Crews, Brayden Jobert and Tommy White collected four hits apiece to lead a record-setting 24-hit attack. Crews, who made two dazzling catches in the outfield, became the first player since 1995 to win a national title and the Golden Spikes Award, which is given to the top amateur player in the country, in the same season. Crews was selected second in the 2023 MLB Draft, while teammate Paul Skenes, a right-handed pitcher who was named the CWS Most Outstanding Player and won the National Pitcher of the Year Award, was selected first.
With seven CWS titles, LSU has the second most, behind only USC with 12. En route to their championship, the Tigers (54-17) defeated top-seeded Wake Forest in back-to-back games to move on to the championship series. Right-hander Thatcher Hurd, who notched the win in relief in the second game against Wake Forest also picked up the win after pitching five solid innings in the decisive game against Florida. “Probably more impressive than winning the national championship is that they were national champions every single day,” said second-year LSU coach Jay Johnson, who became the first coach to win a national title in his first two seasons. “These guys had massive expectations all season long, and they met them. They met them every day.”
“As evidenced by their dominant regular season and postseason run, the College World Series champion LSU Tigers were clearly the class of college baseball in 2023,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said. “This bobblehead celebrating the Tigers is a must-have for LSU fans who want to commemorate the Tigers’ historic season and seven-time champion baseball program.”