Love them or hate them, mascots unquestionably bring a little something extra to the game of baseball. Namely, distractions to look at while the players take forever to warm up/adjust their jock straps/stare blankly into space. And it’s not just the minors—the pros have their fair share of ridiculous costumed characters as well. Click on to see what we mean...
The Famous San Diego Chicken (Various) College student Ted Giannoulas started out distributing Easter eggs to kids at the San Diego Zoo. He went on to mascot for over 500 consecutive Padres games. The Sporting News once named him one of the 100 most powerful men (chickens?) in sports.
Wally the Warthog (Winston-Salem Warthogs) Wally the Warthog isn’t much to look at, but he’s got a great sense of humor and the chicks just eat him up.
Henry the Puffy Taco (San Antonio Missions) Perhaps the most repellent mascot in all of professional sports, Henry has been attacked in costume more times than we can count... and we can count pretty high.
Chief Noc-A-Homa (Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves) Winning the prize for Most Racially Insensitive Mascot (and that’s saying a lot) is Chief Noc-A-Homa, who lives in a teepee with Princess Win-A-Lotta. The pair retired in 1986.
Rowdie (Indianapolis Indians) Getting a mascot for your Native American-themed team that isn’t a stereotype is a good move. Making him bright red? Maybe should have run that one through committee a couple more times.
The Modesto Nuts (Modesto Nuts) These brave children aren’t the least bit bothered by two grown men dressed as mutated legumes.
The Philly Phanatic (Philadelphia Phillies) The Phanatic is like Goofy or Gonzo. No one has the slightest idea what sort of animal he’s supposed to be.
Dandy (New York Yankees) The Yanks trotted this guy on in response to the San Diego Chicken in 1979. He resembled New York catcher Thurman Munson—and hit the showers when Munson died in a plane crash weeks after his debut. Dandy now serves as the mascot for the Williamsburg Ironic Moustaches.
The Gold Sox Sock (Amarillo Gold Sox) Yep. This team named after shiny stockings decided their mascot should be a (very excited-looking) sock. He appeared at one game before the marketing wizards went back to the drawing board.
Klement’s Racing Sausages (Milwaukee Brewers) Before the bottom of the 6th inning at every Brewers home game, five men in sausage costumes race. You can’t make this stuff up, people.