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Mascot hall inducts inaugural class

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    Normally, nothing can get a controversy kick-started quicker than a debate over a particular athlete's Hall of Fame credentials.

    But after the Mascot Hall of Fame inducted its inaugural class on Tuesday, there should be no argument about the trio of mascots making it on the first ballot.

    The Famous Chicken, the Phillie Phanatic and the Phoenix Suns Gorilla comprise the inaugural class at the fledgling Hall of Fame, which is so fledgling, it doesn't yet have a permanent exhibit space. Until it does, the mascot memorabilia will be housed at a Philadelphia-area hotel.

    The ceremony took place at the Municipal Building in Philadelphia and was attended by more than 40 fellow mascots, who turned out to see three of their own honored.

    The honorees:

    * The Famous Chicken, played by Ted Giannoulas. More commonly known as the San Diego Chicken, was famously hatched out of a 10-foot wide styrofoam egg at a 1979 game while the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey played.

    * The Phillie Phanatic, originally played by Dave Raymond from 1978 to 1993. Tormented then-Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda by running over a Lasorda-esque dummy repeatedly with his omnipresent all-terrain vehicle.

    * The Phoenix Suns Gorilla, played by Bob Woolf. Why exactly do the Suns have a gorilla as a mascot? No matter, the Gorilla often throwns down more acrobatic dunks (albeit with the assistance of a trampoline) than current Sun Amare Stoudemire.

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  • #2
    so the guys that played those mascots are retired right? or are the actual mascots retired? or neither? I'm just concerned for Fredbird and that he needs to be voted in. thats is all.


    • #3
      Youppi couldn't attend...he was held up at customs.