This is a list of current and former Major League Baseball mascots
, sorted alphabetically.
tradition of the Major League
Baseball mascot began with Mr. Met, introduced for the New York Mets when Shea Stadium opened in 1964.
Although some mascots came
and went over time, the popularity of mascots skyrocketed when
The San Diego Chicken
independently making appearances at San
games in 1977. Philadelphia Phillies
they needed a mascot similar to the Chicken, so they debuted the
Today, all but four major-league teams have mascots (Angels, Cubs,
Dodgers and Yankees). Three team mascots — the Phillie Phanatic,
Mr. Met, and Slider (Cleveland Indians) — have been inducted into
the Mascot Hall of Fame
others have been nominated since the Hall's creation in 2005.
is the official mascot of the Toronto Blue Jays
. He, along with his
counterpart, "Diamond" replaced former
mascot BJ Birdie before the 2002 season as a mascot duo. Like his
predecessor, Ace resembles a large Blue
In 2004, Ace became the sole mascot of the team after Diamond was
removed by the Blue Jays prior to the start of the season.
Bernie Brewer (Milwaukee)
- See also: #The
is the official mascot for the
The Bernie Brewer character became the team's mascot in 1973,
appearing as a cheerful man with a big mustache
. A beer-barreled chalet
was built for him inside the stadium where he
led the crowd cheering. Following each home
and every victory by the Brewers, he would slide down and
plunge himself into a huge beer
celebration. He was joined by a companion Bonnie Brewer
, who would playfully swat at the
backside of the opposing team's third base coach with a broom as
the field crew swept the base paths.
Bernie Brewer was a fixture at Brewers home games until 1984, when
the Brewers re-built the bleachers
replacing the chalet with a sound tower and sending Bernie into
. By popular demand, Bernie
Brewer came out of his retirement in 1993, when the fans voted for
his return. Bernie was brought back not as just a mustachioed man
, but a full-body costume of
a man, including large foam head. The chalet was then rebuilt (it
had been in storage on the third base side under the box seats)
above the left-center field bleachers. The original beer mug
that Bernie used to slide into is still in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin as part of the Lakefront Brewery, Inc. tour.
Billy The Marlin (Florida)
Billy The Marlin
is the official mascot of the
. Resembling a
with limbs, he can be seen at every
Marlins home game. He competes in a waterboat race, which is a
computer-animated video shown on the screen, during each game. The
name, picked by original team owner Wayne
, is derived from the fact that a marlin is a Billfish
, and Huizenga wanted a name that was
different from the baseball type names of other mascots (like
Slider and Sluggerrr) and one that children could remember more
easily. On Mothers Day and Father's Day, Billy is joined by his
parents, Bill Sr. and Betty the Marlin. Billy is also seen at games
dancing with kids on the field in between innings and making
special appearances in the Fan Zone.
Day of 1997, the year the Marlins won their first World Series
Championship, a Navy Seal who was parachuting into LandShark
Stadium (then known as Pro Player Stadium) as Billy, lost
the head in mid-air.
While the crowd was unaware of the
problem, media outlets had been alerted to Billy's parachute
entrance. When he didn't arrive, the media ran with the story,
getting national attention and leading to ESPN's Dan Patrick's
nightly quote, "Bring me the head of Billy the Marlin!"
The original Billy The Marlin was John Routh, who spent 10 years
(1993–2002) entertaining Marlins fans. A lighthearted retrospective
article on Billy was written after the departure of John Routh.
Routh had portrayed the University of Miami mascots, Sebastian the
Ibis and The Miami Maniac from 1983–1993, and prior to that, Cocky
for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.
The Bird (Baltimore)
The Baltimore Orioles mascot, The
Bird, with a rival fan
is the official mascot of the Baltimore Orioles
and is a cartoon version
of the bird of the same name
was "hatched" on April 6, 1979 out of a giant egg at Memorial
Stadium in Baltimore.
The Bird has been made famous
in Baltimore from his dances atop the dugouts and his taunting of
the visiting team. According to Orioles.com, The Bird's favorite
foods are bird seed and the Maryland Crab Cake.
Captain Jolly Roger (Pittsburgh)
Captain Jolly Roger
serves as a second mascot for
the Pittsburgh Pirates
. He is a
cartoon version of a pirate, dressed in a captains' outfit. The
name was derived from the flag that is flown by pirates, the
D. Baxter the Bobcat (Arizona)
Baxter the Bobcat
mascot for the Arizona
. He joined the team in 2000. His full name is
D. Baxter the Bobcat
which is supposed to come
from the team's nickname, the D-Backs.
Diamondbacks picked a bobcat because they played in Bank One
Ballpark (now called
Field), which was nicknamed "BOB" to shorten the park
When it was time for the team to get a mascot, an
anthropomorphic snake made no sense to them; but because there are
bobcats present in the desert, the team picked D. Baxter because
his species had the fan's nickname of the stadium.
is the official mascot of the Colorado Rockies
. He is an anthropomorphic
purple triceratops. The Rockies triceratops is often seen on the
field before and after the game and roaming around the stadium
during the game. He has been the Colorado Rockies biggest fan since
he first hatched from his egg at Mile High Stadium on April 16,
. Dinger works year-round promoting
physical fitness and literacy for thousands of elementary school
students in the Rocky Mountain Region. He acts out his own Dinger
Story for the kids. He also makes appearances at The Children's
Hospital and Denver Health. He makes appearances at Rockies events
including the 5K Home Run, and the Rockies Rookies Kids Fan
Fredbird (St. Louis)
Fredbird entertaining the crowd between innings during a Cardinals
game at Busch Stadium.
is the official mascot for the St. Louis Cardinals
. He is an
the team's uniform. A person dressed up as Fredbird can often be
found entertaining young children during baseball games at Busch
His name is derived from "Redbird", a
synonym for the cardinal bird and for the Cardinals
was introduced in 1979 by the Cardinals, then owned by Anheuser-Busch, to entertain younger fans at the games.
quickly became popular with fans for his dancing, habit of
"beaking" the heads of supporters, and for throwing t-shirts into
the stands. In later years, he has been joined by " Team Fredbird
group of young women employed by the club who help him with his
t-shirt toss and occasionally in other duties. He is one of
baseball's best-known mascots, and he makes hundreds of appearances
year-round in the St. Louis area.
Gapper in 2005 signing a Gapper doll
for a fan.
- See also: #Mr.
Redlegs and #Rosie
is the current mascot for the Cincinnati Reds
. He was first
introduced as the furry companion to Mr.
Red, the long-time mascot in the winter of 2002 as the
franchise was preparing to move to their new home, Great American
The mascot was created by David Raymond's
Raymond Entertainment Group, the founder being the man inside the
Phillie Phanatic costume from 1973 to 1993. A young fan won two
season tickets for submitting the winning name; the term "gapper"
is a slang phrase for a batted ball which falls into the "gap"
between outfielders (generally a ball hit to either left-center or
right-center field which rolls to the fence).
is the mascot of the Atlanta Braves
. He has a baseball
shaped head, and looks a little like
. Before having the baseball head
however, Homer was the personification of the old "Screaming
Warrior" logo the Braves used before dropping it in 1988.
Homer's full name is Homer the Brave. This is meant to sound like
"home of the brave", the last words of the National Anthem
Junction Jack (Houston)
has been the mascot character for
the Houston Astros
since March 2000.
He is a 7-foot (2.13 meter) tall rabbit
dressed as a railroad engineer
. Other characters include Junction Julie
and Junction Jesse. He walks around Minute Maid Park, greeting visitors, shaking hands, and posing for
Outside of the stadium he will generally attend Astros-related
promotional events, as well as charities.
Jack replaced Orbit when the team moved from the Astrodome to Minute Maid Park.
The new stadium was
originally called "The Ballpark at Union Station" because it was
built on the site of the historic railway station in downtown
Houston. In keeping with this new theme for the Astros, Orbit was
replaced by the engineer. The character was designed by Logan
Goodson and named by Duone Byars, both former Astros
Lefty and Righty (Boston)
- See also: #Wally the Green
Lefty and Righty are each a large, red sock with arms, and are the
alternate mascot characters for the Boston Red Sox
joining Wally the Green
Monster. They are seen on large outings with Wally
such as the 2007 World Series
Parade as well as weekend afternoon games at Fenway Park.
Lou Seal (San Francisco)
Lou Seal has served as mascot
of the San Francisco Giants since 1996.
is the official mascot of the San Francisco Giants
. "Born" on July
25, 1996, Luigi Francisco Seal has been a regular part of the
Giants baseball home games and events around San Francisco, and the
United States. The name is a play on the name "Lucille." Todd
Schwenk, an Oakland Athletics Fan, named the mascot in a KNBR
Sports Radio phone-in contest. Schwenk named Lou for the Seals
always hanging out on the wharfs at Fisherman's Wharf
. It also refers to the
San Francisco Seals
baseball club which was a mainstay of the Pacific Coast League
from 1903 until
Mariner Moose (Seattle)
The Mariner Moose
is the mascot of the Seattle Mariners
. In 1990, a contest
for children 14 and under was held to select a mascot, after 2500
entries the club chose the "Mariner Moose" The Moose made his debut
on April 13, 1990 dancing on the field at the Kingdome.
During the 1995 American League
between the M's and the New York Yankees, the
Moose gained national attention when he broke his ankle
crashing into the outfield wall at the Kingdome
while being towed on inline skates
behind an ATV
in the outfield.
skating behind an ATV would continue to be a fan favorite until
1999, when the team moved to Safeco Field and a natural grass playing surface.
then, the Moose has become quite adept at driving his own ATV
around Safeco Field's warning track while performing various tricks
and having water coolers emptied on him by bullpen pitchers.
The Moose makes several hundred appearances in the community each
year in addition to Mariners home games, at everything from
hospitals to wedding receptions. The Mariner Moose was featured on
the ballot for the Mascot Hall of
in 2006 and 2007. He also nearly ran over Coco Crisp
with his ATV in 2007, raising the ire
of Red Sox pitching coach John
Mr. Met (New York Mets)
is the official mascot of the New York Mets
. He is a baseball
being who wears a Mets cap and uniform.
He can be
seen at Citi
Field (and previously at Shea Stadium) during Mets home games.
He also has
appeared in several commercials as part of ESPN's This is SportsCenter
campaign, and was
selected in 2007 into the Mascot Hall of Fame.
Mr. Redlegs (Cincinnati)
- See also: #Gapper and
is a mascot of the Cincinnati Reds. He
was reintroduced in 2007
to play a supporting
role, along with Mr. Red. Mr. Redlegs appeared as a patch on the
Reds' uniforms for two seasons in the 1950s (the team briefly
assumed the nickname as a response to the second red scare
). In 2008, Mr. Redlegs
gained national notoriety by falling off of an ATV
during pre-game antics. This caused
the large, baseball-shaped head to fall off of the Mr. Redlegs
costume, exposing the head of the person inside the costume. He was
seen a few days later wearing a neck
as a joke.
is the mascot of the Detroit Tigers
. He is a Tiger.
Phillie Phanatic (Philadelphia)
The Phillie Phanatic is the official
mascot of the Philadelphia Phillies
is the official mascot of the
. He is a
fat furry green creature with a cylindrical beak containing a
tongue that sticks out. He was created by Harrison/Erickson, who
thought that the team needed a mascot similar to The San Diego Chicken
. The character is
named for the fanatical fans of the team and, according to current
owner and former team vice president, Bill
Giles, was to bring more families to Veterans
Stadium, the Phillies ballpark at the time.
be seen riding around on an ATV
at home games.
Pirate Parrot (Pittsburgh)
The Pirate Parrot
is the mascot of the Pittsburgh
Pirates, debuting in 1979. He is a large green parrot who wears a
Pirates jersey and cap. The character of a parrot
was derived from the classic story
by Robert Louis Stevenson
, most notably
the one owned by Long John Silver
named "Captain Flint
". He is often
seen dancing on the dugouts and sitting on some fans; not to
mention shaking his large green belly.
The Presidents (Washington)
- See also: #Screech
The Washington Nationals
Presidential races during their games. The four Presidents
are the ones on Mount
Rushmore: George Washington; Thomas Jefferson; Abraham Lincoln; and Teddy Roosevelt.
They have become an
instant success and make multiple public appearances, notably Abe
Lincoln on The Illinois float for President Obama inauguration
parade. A running gag with the Presidents is that Teddy Roosevelt
can never win a race.
Rangers Captain (Texas)
is the mascot
for the Texas Rangers
. Introduced in 2002,
he is a palomino
, dressed in the team's uniform. He wears the
uniform number "72" in honor of 1972, the year the Rangers
relocated to the Dallas/Fort
The mascot also has multiple uniforms to match each of the variants
the team has. Rangers Captain's chosen uniform for the game matches
the uniform choice made by the team for that particular game.
is one of the Atlanta Braves mascots. He is
-like mascot and looks like Wally The
Raymond (Tampa Bay)
is the sick minded mascot of the Tampa Bay Rays
. Raymond is a furry
blue creature wearing a large pair of sneakers and a backwards baseball cap, completed with a Rays jersey.
is described officially as a "seadog." Raymond was awarded an
honorable mention in the GameOps.com Best Mascot contest for
Rosie Red (Cincinnati)
- See also: #Gapper and
is the female mascot of the Cincinnati Reds
. She was introduced in
August 2008 as the new companion of Gapper and Mr. Redlegs, and her
name comes from a female fan who became famous in 1940 for cheering
for the team, and is also derived from a female fan group founded
to prevent the team from moving from Cincinnati in 1963 and is a
philanthropic group associated with the team. The official group
name comes from the acronym of "R
rganized to S
nterest and E
nthuiasm in the
The Sausages (Milwaukee)
- See also: #Bernie
The sausages are unofficial mascots of the Milwaukee Brewers. They
are stylized in the appearance of sausages from around the world.
When they were first debuted in the mid 80's there were only three
the German Bratwurst, The Polish Kielbasa, and The Italian Sausage.
In the mid 90's the Hot Dog became a racer. In 2006 a fifth sausage
was debuted, The Spanish Chorizo. They are a favorite of fans and
make sports highlights reels occasionly.
Screech, the Washington Nationals
mascot before his 2009 growth spurt.
- See also: #The
is the mascot of the Washington Nationals
. He is a bald eagle
who wears the home cap and jersey of
the team. He was "hatched" on April 17, 2005 at the
"Kids Opening Day" promotion at Robert
A nine-year-old fourth grade student in
Washington, Glenda Gutierrez, designed the mascot and won a contest
sponsored by the team, explaining that it was "strong and eats
almost everything." A new "matured" edition of the mascot was
unveiled March 2, 2009.
is the mascot for the Cleveland Indians
. He is a large, furry
fuchsia-colored creature. He has a large yellow nose and shaggy
yellow eyebrows. He was best known for an injury during the
League Championship Series
when he fell six feet off an
outfield wall and tore knee ligaments.
Sluggerrr (Kansas City)
is the official mascot of the Kansas City Royals
. This crown-wearing
lion made his debut On April 5, 1996. The word slugger
also refers to a powerful batter
with a high percentage of extra base
Southpaw (Chicago White Sox)
Southpaw, the mascot of the Chicago
is the mascot of the Chicago White Sox
. His name is a
reference to a left-hand pitcher and is also
a reference to Chicago's South Side, where the team plays.
He was on a float for
Illinois at Barack Obama's inauguration, along with the Washington Nationals racing president
representation of Abraham
is the mascot of the Oakland Athletics
. An elephant adorned
with an A's uniform of the number 00. Before each game, he rides
around the field in a little red car while the song Jungle
by Kool and the Gang
is played. During games, he entertains the fans.The use of an
elephant to symbolize the Athletics dates from the early years of
the franchise, when a group of Philadelphia businessmen, headed by industrialist Benjamin Shibe, became the team's first
When asked to comment, John McGraw
, manager of the New York Giants
of the rival National League
said something to the effect
that "Shibe had bought himself a white
." In response, A's manager (and future owner) Connie Mack
selected the elephant as
the team symbol and mascot. From time to time the elephant has
appeared on the Athletic uniform, including 1988 to present.
In 1997, the A's created a new character and called him Stomper.
Stomper has performed at several Major League Baseball
, and has appeared in a Public Service
Announcement against chewing
Swinging Friar (San Diego)
The Swinging Friar
is the mascot of the San Diego Padres
The Swinging Friar has been a mascot with the team as early as
1958, when the Padres were still a member of the Pacific Coast League
, a minor league baseball
named after Spanish missionaries settled by Franciscan friars, who were
prominent figures when the city of San Diego was founded centuries ago.
The Padres joined
Major League Baseball
and kept the popular mascot. He was even on the team emblem
until 1984. Wanting a more "professional"
image, the owners introduced a more corporate logo
. In 1996, he was brought back
as a sleeve patch for the club's blue alternate jerseys, and though
the team has changed its logo and colors since then, the Friar
remains there to this day.
The Swinging Friar is a cartoon
character, pudgy, balding and always smiling. He is dressed as a
with a tonsure
, a dark hooded cloak, and a
rope around the waist. He swings a baseball
; but reportedly, in some years he swings left-handed, in
other years he swings right-handed, he may be ambidextrous
, or even a switch hitter
. On home game Sundays, the Friar
wears a special camouflage
cloak as the
team honors the military
background of San
Diego with similar uniforms.
Originally, The Swinging Friar was represented at the ballpark as a
real man wearing a friar outfit. Since his return, the character
has been a full mascot costume.
Some in the past have confused The Famous Chicken as the mascot of
the Padres. Although he does make appearances occasionally at San
Diego sporting events, he has never been the official mascot of any
San Diego sports team.
T. C. Bear (Minnesota)
T. C. Bear
the mascot for the Minnesota Twins
He was first introduced to Minnesota on April 3, 2000. T. C. is
loosely modeled after the Hamm's Beer
, a mascot used in advertisements for Hamm's Brewery
, an early sponsor for the
Twins. The "T. C." stands for the "Twin Cities", Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Wally the Green Monster (Boston)
Wally the Green Monster
- See also: #Lefty and
is the official mascot for
the Boston Red Sox. His name is derived from the Green Monster nickname of the 37-foot wall in
left field at Fenway
Wally debuted in 1997 to the chagrin of
many older Red Sox fans. Although he was a hit with children, the
older fans did not immediately adopt him as part of the
According to the Red Sox promotions department, Wally was a huge
Red Sox fan who decided to move inside the left field wall of
Fenway Park since it "eats up" hits that would easily be home runs
at other parks in 1947. Apparently, he was very shy and lived the
life of a hermit
for 50 years. On the 50th
anniversary of the Green Monster in 1997, he came out of the manual
scoreboard and has been interacting with players and fans ever
since. Thanks to former Red Sox second baseman and current
broadcaster Jerry Remy
, some older fans
have adored him.
This is a list of former Major League Baseball mascots. Some of
these mascots may still be used, but are not considered "official"
served as the official mascot for the
Toronto Blue Jays from 1979 to 1999. He was ejected from a game in
1993 for "showing up" the umpire, after making gestures the umpire
found offensive. He was replaced in 1999 with Ace and Diamond. BJ
was created and played by the same person, Kevin Shanahan, for his
entire 20 year career as the Jays' mascot.
is a former official mascot for the
Milwaukee Brewers, appearing at Milwaukee County Stadium from
. Bonnie was
portrayed as a young blonde
woman in a gold
blouse and short blue lederhosen
a baseball cap and frequently carrying a blue-and-gold broom which
she would use to sweep the bases.
Bonnie was first introduced as the female companion to the Brewers'
mascot Bernie Brewer. Bernie and Bonnie were created by then-team
vice president Dick Hackett
as part of
an effort to create a lively atmosphere at County Stadium, which
also included hiring organist Frank Charles to play a Wurlitzer
during the games. As Hackett remembers it, Bernie and Bonnie were
added over the objections of team owner Bud
Bonnie was noted mainly for her colorful antics during the
seventh-inning stretch. As the grounds crew swept the infield,
Bonnie wielded her signature broom, sweeping off each base in turn.
After sweeping third base, she would playfully swat the opposing
team's third-base coach on the backside with her broom, following
it up with a kiss on his cheek.
Bonnie was discontinued after the 1979 season, although no clear
reason has ever been given for her "firing". Bernie Brewer was
discontinued as a mascot in 1984, although he was brought back as a
costumed mascot in 1993, complete with full-body costume and large
foam head. Bonnie Brewer returned as part of the nostalgia-heavy
final home stand at County Stadium, September 18-28, 2000.
, Bonnie is part of the Brewers' "Retro Fridays" promotions at Miller Park, incorporating the traditional base sweeping as well as dancing with Bernie on Bernie's Dugout during the fans' singing of The Beer Barrel Polka in the seventh inning stretch.
Charlie-O the Mule
was the mascot used by the
Kansas City Athletics and Oakland
from 1963 to 1976. The mule
after their colorful owner at that time, Charles O. Finley
A's moved to then heavily Democratic Missouri, where the official state animal is the mule,
Warren Hearnes gave a mule to Finley
for his barnyard menagerie at Municipal
Stadium which also include sheep and goats that scampered
up the hill behind right field.
The Municipal Stadium
menagerie also included Warpaint
the horse mascot of the Kansas City
. As questions swirled about whether Finley would be
loyal to Missouri, he embraced the mule and removed the elephant
from the A's logo and changed the A's colors from blue, red and
white to green, gold, and white.
Finley took the sorrel
mule around the country, walking him into cocktail parties and
hotel lobbies, and on one occasion even into the press room after a
large feeding to annoy reporters.
Chester Charge, 1977
April of 1977 the Houston Astros introduced their very first
mascot, Chester Charge. Chester Charge was a 45 pound costume of a
cartoon Texas cavalry soldier on a horse. Chester appeared on the
field at the beginning of each home game, during the seventh inning
stretch and then ran around the bases at the conclusion of each
win. At the blast of a bugle, the scoreboard would light up and the
audience would yell, “Charge!” The first Chester Charge was played
by Steve Ross who was then an 18-year-old Senior High School
student. The creation of Chester Charge and the (incredible for its
day) scoreboard graphics were created by Ed Henderson.
Chief Noc-A-Homa was the original mascot of the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves
from 1950s until
1986. The name was used for the "screaming Indian" sleeve patch
worn on Braves jerseys. From at least the early 1960s, while still
County Stadium, until the early 1980s at Atlanta's Fulton
County Stadium, this mascot "lived" in a tipi
in an unoccupied section of the bleacher seats.
The Crazy Crab
was a mascot of the San Francisco
Giants for the 1984 season. As opposed to other mascots, Crazy Crab
was meant as an "anti-mascot", satirizing on the mascot craze that
was going on at the time. Fans were encouraged to boo the mascot
(played by actor Wayne Doba) and manager Frank Robinson
appeared in a commercial with
the crustacean where Robinson was restrained from attacking him.
This encouragement may have worked too well, as Giants fans
regularly threw various dangerous objects at Crazy Crab, including
beer bottles and batteries, and Crazy Crab's suit had to be
reinforced with a fiberglass shell for protection. The crab was so
hated, players on both the Giants and even the opposition would
bags and other objects at the
mascot. Doba sued the San Diego
after two of their players tackled him, causing
injuries. The mascot lasted only one year and the Giants would not
have another mascot until Lou Seal in 1997. Crazy Crab has regained
popularity in recent years. The crab returned for the last game at
Park that the Giants played in 1999, and a bobblehead
was given away with its likeness in 2008 as the franchise
celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in the Bay Area.
18, 2008, the Giants held a crazy crab promotion. There is even a
website devoted to bringing back the Crazy Crab called Rehab The
was a short-lived mascot of the New York Yankees
. He was a large pinstriped
bird that sported a Yankees hat. He had a mustache that gave him an
appearance similar to that of former Yankee pitcher Sparky Lyle
. His name was a play on the classic
American folk song "Yankee Doodle
". He appeared at the start of the 1980 season and was so
unpopular that he was quickly canceled. Dandy was beaten up by fans
who didn't want a mascot, and quit, leading to the elimination of
the character as the Yankees chose not to replace him.
Along with this experiment, the Yankees briefly had mascots
resembling ballpark food (plus Yankees hats on top) during the
mid-1990s. Outside of these two occasions, the Yankees have not had
an official mascot or cheerleading squad roam the stands or perform
on the field, although a squirrel appearing on the field has
brought inspiration as a mascot for the team.
was Ace's girlfriend. She was the Toronto
Blue Jays Mascot for 4 years from 2001 to 2004.
General Admission (a pun on
the unreserved $4 seating section of the Astrodome) was a mascot for the Houston Astros in the mid to late
He was played by a middle aged white male and wore a
traditional U.S. Cavalry uniform complete with gold stars he would
affix to his uniform for every Astros home run hit in the Dome.
Whenever an Astro hit a home run The General would fire off a
cannon from his outfield platform that would often scare those
seated near him. He was killed off at the end of the 1999 season
when the Astros main mascot, Orbit, had him zapped by an alien ray
gun on the penultimate game of the regular season.
, or Mrs. Met, is the female version of
Mr. Met, the mascot of the New York Mets. She is a baseball-headed
humanoid being, wears an orange skirt and white blouse, and has
orange hair in a bob, topped off with a Mets baseball cap.
Lady Met has not appeared at games since the 1970s. However, she
did appear with Mr. Met in a 2003 "This is SportsCenter
Mettle the Mule
Mettle the Mule
was a mascot of the New York Mets
for a short time starting in 1976. Originally named Arthur, Mettle
was renamed as a result of a fan contest. Mettle was kept in a pen
near the Met's bullpen in the right field of Shea Stadium.
Mr. Red in 2005
Mr. Red was the first mascot of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team
He was a humanoid figure dressed in a Reds uniform, with an
oversized baseball for a head.
Mr. Red made his first appearance on a Reds uniform as a sleeve
patch in 1955. The patch featured Mr. Red's head, clad in an
old-fashioned white pillbox baseball cap with red stripes. The
following season, 1956, saw the Reds adopt sleeveless jerseys, and
Mr. Red was eliminated from the home uniform. He was moved to the
left breast of the road uniform, and remained there for one season
before being eliminated entirely. In 1999, the Reds re-designed
their uniform and "Mr. Red" was reintroduced as a sleeve patch on
the undershirt.A human version of the mascot didn't appear until
the early 1980s. The costumed mascot disappeared in the 1980s but
was reintroduced in 1997. The humanoid Mr. Red retired in 2007
leaving Gapper and Mr. Redlegs to take his place.
the mascot of the Houston Astros while they were in the Astrodome. When the team moved to Minute Maid
Park, they adopted a new mascot, Junction Jack.
Orbit represented a green space alien with antennae, in keeping
with the Space City theme of the city of Houston.
Philadelphia Phil and Philadelphia Phillis
Philadelphia Phil and Philadelphia Phillis served as mascots for
the Phillies during the 1970s (1971-79). Their costumes invoked the
city's revolutionary spirit from 1776. The pair reappeared
with their replacement -- the Phanatic -- as the Phillies
celebrated their final year at Veterans Stadium in 2003, including the final opening day and final
Ribbie and Roobarb
Ribbie and Roobarb were a
pair of mascots used by the Chicago White Sox from 1981 to 1988 at
After the Sox were sold in 1981 by Bill Veeck
to an ownership group headed by
and Eddie Einhorn
, the new owners, who were eager
to draw on the 1970s popularity of such mascots as The San Diego
Chicken, hired the design firm responsible for creating the Phillie
Phanatic to create a new mascot for the Sox.
They debuted the pair of furry mascots in September 1981, but the
fans never accepted the two, ridiculing them throughout their
tenure with the team—both because of their ludicrous appearance,
which had no apparent connection with the team, and also because
they were seen as an attempt to eliminate Andy the Clown
, who had performed
unofficially at Sox games since 1960. "Rhubarb" is longtime
for a heated on-field argument; Ribbie comes from the acronym RBI,
for runs batted in
. Often reports will
say ribbie instead of RBI to describe it.
After thirteen seasons without a mascot, the ChiSox introduced a
new mascot, Southpaw, in 2003.
was the mascot of the Montreal Expos
, before the franchise moved to
Washington as the Washington
. He was an orange furry creature with a white face
originally leased in 1979 and designed by Bonnie Erickson
, formerly a designer for
some of Jim Henson's Muppets
characters. Youppi! was so named resembling
the phrase Yippee!
in French. Youppi!
was the first mascot to be thrown out of a Major League Baseball
game: on August 23, 1989, in the 11th inning, while atop the
visitors' dugout, Youppi! took a running leap, landing hard and
noisily on its roof, and then snuck into a front row seat. Los Angeles Dodgers
manager Tommy Lasorda
complained to the umpires and
Youppi! was ejected, though he later returned, confined to the home
team's dugout roof. Youppi! was abandoned as a mascot after the
Expos franchise moved to Washington in 2005, but was adopted by the
team Montreal Canadiens
on September 16,
Teams without a mascot
The following MLB teams do not currently have a mascot:
Mascot store in various ballparks
Workshop" Make-Your-Own-Phanatic store
, at Citizens Bank Park,
was the first store of its kind in sports. Fans are invited to buy
and stuff a Phillie Phanatic
and dress it up. Similar shops have since been set up in
Cincinnati (Great American Ball Park), Cleveland (Progressive Field), St. Louis (Busch Stadium), San Francisco (AT&T Park), and Washington, D.C. (Nationals
Image:Gapper1.jpg|Gapper, the official mascot of the Cincinnati
.Image:MarinerMooseFlag.jpg|The mascot of the Seattle Mariners
, the Mariner Moose
.Image:Pirate parrot pirates
mascot.jpg|Pirate Parrot, the mascot
.Image:061307-Twins-TC.jpg|T.C. Bear, the mascot of the
.Image:Sluggerrr.JPG|Sluggerrr, the team mascot of the
Kansas City Royals
jays mascot.jpg|Ace is the mascot for the Toronto Blue Jays.
- Gene Therapy: Fond memories of Billy the
- Baxter the Bobcat - Arizona Diamondbacks
- Raymond's official MySpace page
Blog on MLBlogs.com
- Slider, Tribe Mascot
- The Official Site of The Boston Red Sox: Community:
- "Finley Claims His Mule Adds Color to the A's" Associated Press
Article by Frank Eck published May 6, 1965 in the Ada (Oklahoma)
- Great moments at Shea Stadium | mets.com:
- http://ultimatemets.com/profile.php?PlayerCode=6632 Ultimate
- The Chicago Cubs Vine Line for June, 2008, p.9,
confirms that the team has no official mascot, while acknowledging
that a fan (identity unknown) styled as "Billy Cub", dressed as a
large bear cub or "teddy bear", and wearing a Cubs shirt, has been
a recurring figure outside Wrigley Field during the 2008