The fans' top 5 sports mascots of all time
1. Phillie Phanatic
The Phillie Fanatic debuted on April 25, 1978, at The Vet, when the Phils played the Chicago Cubs. He was created with input from Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets, and was designed to embody the Philadelphia fans' faithfulness and support. The Phanatic is one of three mascots to have its costume in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
2. San Diego Chicken
Also known as the Famous Chicken, this wildly popular mascot debuted in 1974. The San Diego Chicken not only performs at Padres games, but he also pops up at other sporting events and concerts. His popularity paved the way for growing use of mascots in sports. In fact, he was even named by the Sporting News as one of the 100 most powerful people in sports for the 20th century.
3. Mr. Met
Mr. Met was first introduced on the cover of game programs in 1963, when the Mets were still playing at the Polo Grounds in northern Manhattan. When the Mets moved to Shea Stadium in 1964, fans were introduced to a live costumed version. Mr. Met is believed to have been the first mascot in Major League Baseball to exist in human form. In 2007, Mr. Met became a spokesman for MTA New York City Transit.
4. The Leprechaun
In keeping with the nickname Fighting Irish and the Irish folklore, the Leprechaun serves as the Notre Dame mascot. The Leprechaun brandishes a shillelagh and aggressively leads cheers and interacts with the crowd, supposedly bringing magical powers and good luck to the Notre Dame team. The Leprechaun was named the official mascot in 1965.
Uga is the name of a lineage of English Bulldogs owned by Frank W. "Sonny" Seiler, which have served as the mascot of the University of Georgia since 1956. The current mascot is the seventh of the lineage. Several Ugas have "retired" as part of elaborate pre-game ceremonies, during which there is a "passing of the bone" and the new Uga begins his reign. Uga even has his own cheer, "Damn good dog!" that the fans shout.