Mascot Hall of Fame

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Mascot Hall of Fame
Mascot Hall of Fame Logo.png
Established 2005
Location Whiting, Indiana
Founder David Raymond
Inductees 18
(8 college; 10 professional)
Websites funfurallinwhiting.org
mascothalloffame.com

The Mascot Hall of Fame is a hall of fame for United States sports mascots. It was founded by David Raymond, who was the original Phillie Phanatic from 1978 to 1993. It was originally founded as an online-only hall, with an induction ceremony taking place each year in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. However, in September 2014, Raymond's mascot company signed a memorandum of understanding with the City of Whiting, Indiana, to develop a permanent Mascot Hall of Fame on the south shore of Lake Michigan.[1] [2]

Each year (beginning in 2005), mascots are elected into the Mascot Hall of Fame by the voting membership and an executive committee made up of performers, sports executives, and other individuals intimate with the mascot community. The mascots go through a nomination process that ends with the Executive Committee selecting six finalist in each category to be placed on the ballot for consideration. There is a public online vote that contributes a percentage of the final tally. In 2006, the Hall added a separate class to honor college mascots.

The mission of the Mascot Hall of Fame is to honor mascot performers, performances, and programs that have positively affected their communities. The Mascot Hall of Fame has also partnered with the Boys and Girls Clubs and holds an online auction contributing to that cause. The main bulk of the items up for auction are pieces of signed sports memorabilia donated by professional sports teams around the nation.

To be eligible for the Mascot Hall of Fame, a mascot must have existed for a minimum of 10 years. They must also impact both their sport and community, inspire their fans, and consistently give memorable and groundbreaking performances.

Inductees[edit]

The Phillie Phanatic during Spring training 2007
Aubie, Auburn University's mascot
Clutch the Bear on Halloween 2005
Name Organization Location Description Division Inducted
Phillie Phanatic Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia, PA Furry green creature Pro 2005
Suns Gorilla Phoenix Suns Phoenix, AZ Gorilla Pro 2005
The Famous Chicken San Diego Padres (Unofficially) San Diego, CA Chicken Pro 2005
Aubie the Tiger Auburn University Auburn, AL Tiger NCAA 2006
Bucky Badger University of Wisconsin–Madison Madison, WI Badger NCAA 2006
Sparty Michigan State University East Lansing, MI Male Spartan warrior NCAA 2006
Clutch Houston Rockets Houston, TX Bear Pro 2006
Jazz Bear Utah Jazz Salt Lake City, UT Bear Pro 2006
KC Wolf Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City, MO Wolf Pro 2006
YoUDee University of Delaware Newark, DE Blue Hen Chicken NCAA 2006
Big Red Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY Furry red blob NCAA 2007
Brutus Buckeye The Ohio State University Columbus, OH Buckeye nut NCAA 2007
The Coyote San Antonio Spurs San Antonio, TX Coyote Pro 2007
Lil' Red University of Nebraska–Lincoln Lincoln, NE Inflatable boy NCAA 2007
Mr. Met New York Mets Flushing, NY Humanoid with baseball head Pro 2007
Rocky Denver Nuggets Denver, CO Mountain Lion Pro 2008
Slider Cleveland Indians Cleveland, OH Furry purple creature Pro 2008
Smokey University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN Bluetick Coonhound NCAA 2008

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