MILWAUKEE (WITI) — This Saturday night, February 21st, the Milwaukee Admirals will give out Teddy Roosevelt Bobbleheads to the first 5,000 fans prior to their game against the Iowa Stars at 7:00 p.m. at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
A noted Admirals fan, Roosevelt was shot at close range by saloonkeeper John Schrank while greeting the public in front of the Gilpatrick Hotel near the corner of Kilbourn Ave and 3rd St., on October 14th, 1912. Schrank’s .32-caliber bullet, aimed directly at Roosevelt’s heart, failed to mortally wound the former president because its force was slowed by a glasses case and a manuscript containing Roosevelt’s evening speech. Schrank was immediately detained and reportedly offered as his motive that “any man looking for a third term ought to be shot.”
Roosevelt, went on to deliver his scheduled speech with the bullet still in his body. After a few words, the former “Rough Rider” pulled the torn and bloodstained manuscript from his breast pocket and declared, “You see, it takes more than one bullet to kill a Bull Moose.” He spoke for nearly an hour and then was rushed to the hospital.
Roosevelt joins esteemed company, along with George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Barak Obama, as the only Presidents that the Admirals have honored with bobbleheads.
Fans can purchase tickets for February 21st, or any Admirals game, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.milwaukeeadmirals.com.
Groups of ten or more receive a minimum of $2 off the face value of the tickets. For more information or to book a group fans should call the Admirals office at (414) 227-0550.