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Dandy's Story: The Yankees' Long-Forgotten Mascot.

Dandy was the creation of husband and wife team Acme Mascots (Wayde Harrison and Bonnie Erickson), better-known for their success with characters like Miss Piggy and The Phillie Phanatic.
posted by The Card Cheat (21 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
Wow. He didn't get much TV time, I can tell you that.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 10:21 PM on June 16, 2010




Yet Steely McBeam still lives.
posted by dirigibleman at 11:52 PM on June 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


Is it usual for a team not to own the rights to its mascot? I know nothng about these matters, but it seems a little strange.
posted by Phanx at 2:31 AM on June 17, 2010


The real reason Dandy failed: the cognitive dissonance engendered by the contrast between his name and the out of control Thurman Munsen whiskers.

If you're going to call yourself 'dandy', you should at least know what a beard trimmer looks like.
posted by ursus_comiter at 3:04 AM on June 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Interesting article, but it really needs a hedcut/stipple portrait of Dandy or else it doesn't feel like the WSJ.
posted by TedW at 4:23 AM on June 17, 2010


There was something that this thread was missing, but I just couldn't put my finger on it. Ah, yes, that's it.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 4:50 AM on June 17, 2010


I'm going to need some time to process before I decide exactly how to work this into my personal hating-the-Yankees narrative.
posted by box at 4:55 AM on June 17, 2010


They should have sold the costume to the Red Soxs to lead the "Yankees Suck" chant...

I'm not a huge fan of baseball mascots - the Phillie Fanatic is okay I guess, but the Red Sox's Wally (get it? he's a green monster!) always felt forced to me.
posted by fermezporte at 4:59 AM on June 17, 2010


I keep meaning to do a FPP about pro sports mascots -- not the furry kind popular today, but the human mascots popular pre-WWII. You'll have to wait for me or somebody to flesh it out, but let's just say Connie Mack's A's spent a lot of time "rubbing the hunchback."
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 5:17 AM on June 17, 2010


I like their mascot from twenty years later, the "Fat, Pussy Toad." He looked just like Hideki Irabu (but pitched better).
posted by ericbop at 5:21 AM on June 17, 2010


Meanwhile, over in Queens, Mr. Met just smiles and smiles with his mirthful dead eyes.
posted by Bromius at 6:20 AM on June 17, 2010


Interesting. I never even heard of this mascot
posted by theconnollygroup at 9:17 AM on June 17, 2010


I'm not a huge fan of baseball mascots - the Phillie Fanatic is okay I guess, but the Red Sox's Wally (get it? he's a green monster!) always felt forced to me.

The Orioles' Bird and I seem to have an understanding. And by understanding I mean my care bear stare seems to go to his very bones. Anyway, he leaves us alone. Which is wise.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 12:04 PM on June 17, 2010


It was clear to Dandy's creators that the onus would fall on them to convince Mr. Steinbrenner, who signed off on the mascot with one caveat. He pointed out that Dandy's fur was royal blue. "That should be Yankee blue," Mr. Steinbrenner said.

What a sad statement this is about Herr Steinbrenner. He meets a "dyed-in-the-wool" Yankees fan for the first time, and all he can say about him is "He's the wrong color."
posted by delfin at 1:05 PM on June 17, 2010


The Capital City Goofball will always be my favorite.
posted by msbutah at 2:42 PM on June 17, 2010


They should have sold the costume to the Red Soxs to lead the "Yankees Suck" chant...

They tried that, but the guy in the costume had trouble keeping it up. It's tough to repeat the words "Current Major League Baseball Champion New York Yankees" over and over.
posted by inigo2 at 2:53 AM on June 18, 2010


There was something that this thread was missing, but I just couldn't put my finger on it. Ah, yes, that's it.

I watched that entire video, and saw no baby elephants, walking or otherwise. I want my money back.
posted by inigo2 at 2:54 AM on June 18, 2010


The Capital City Goofball will always be my favorite.

The Nationals really need to make this a reality.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 1:11 PM on June 18, 2010


Isn't it enough that we have the Albuquerque Isotopes?
posted by box at 2:23 PM on June 18, 2010


See, they're all like "We have too much dignity and class to have a mascot."

But the truth is that they couldn't make a decent mascot.

posted by Rarebit Fiend at 7:07 PM on June 18, 2010


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