Films on Friday: Ferrous Can Dance!

I nominate Ferrous to be elected to the Mascot Hall of Fame! The Aberdeen IronBirds‘ mascot is one of my all-time favorites.

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca




The Mascot Hall of Fame

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The Oriole Bird in 2014. Photo by Keith Allison via Wikipedia.

Last week the Mascot Hall of Fame announced its 2020 inductees: Blue of the Indianapolis Colts, Boomer of the Indiana Pacers, the Montreal Candiens’ Youppi!, and the Baltimore Orioles’ Oriole Bird.

Never heard of the Mascot Hall of Fame? Me neither. But its been around since 2005, when it was created by David Raymond, the original Phillie Phanatic and owner of the Raymond mascot company. Back in 2005, the museum was online only, but in 2014 Raymond’s company signed an agreement with the City of Whiting, Indiana, to create a permanent Mascot Hall of Fame, which opened on December 26, 2018.

According to the Mascot Hall of Fame’s website, to be eligible to be placed on the ballot, “A mascot must have been active as a performing character for their team, school, or organization for the previous 10 years prior to the year being elected and be prepared to show documented proof.” In addition, voting is based on “the mascot’s record of contributions to the team, school, or organization for which the mascot represents… a) Mascot character and program can demonstrate a major impact on their sport, and/or community; b) Mascot character and program should have performances, which are considered memorable and/or groundbreaking; c) Mascot character design is unique, fun and memorable; d) Letters from community leaders and stakeholders detailing the mascot’s impact on their particular community.”

Currently, there are 20 members of the hall of fame, not including the 2020 inductees. Only four baseball mascots are in the Hall: Mr. Met, the Phillie Phanatic, the Cleveland Indians’ Slider, and the Kansas City Royals’ Sluggerrr.

Congrats to the Oriole Bird for this auspicious honor! Next year, they should elect my favorite mascot, Ferrous of the Aberdeen IronBirds!

~ baseballrebecca