The Springfield Lucky Horseshoes will be remembering and honoring former pitcher Lucas Otto, who was killed in a motor-vehicle accident during the 2022 Prospect League Season, with a special bobblehead with proceeds benefiting the Lucas Otto Memorial Scholarship Fund.
On June 30th 2024, the two-year anniversary of the tragic accident, ‘Shoes fans who purchase a bobblehead will be able to receive it at the Lucky Horseshoes game that night. The special bobblehead package includes a Lucas Otto bobblehead, a ticket to the ‘Shoes game on June 30th, and a donation made to the Lucas Otto Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Otto becomes the first Lucky Horseshoes player to have a bobblehead modeled after them.
“Lucas Otto embodied what it meant to be a Lucky Horseshoe. Whether it was kindness portrayed to his teammates and ‘Shoes staff, or his happy-go-lucky attitude regardless of the game’s final outcome, Lucas left his mark on the organization and truly laid out the blueprint for becoming a great ballplayer, but an even better human being,” said Lucky Horseshoes Emperor of Engagement, Andrew Miller.
In 2023, the ‘Shoes Player Lounge was dedicated in Otto’s name and the team retired his #30 uniform which hangs on the left outfield fence.