July 14, 1988 |
He's red and white and green all over, and makes a living bouncing his furry, blubbery belly against fans and ball players. Yep, that's right, Phillies fans. It's the team mascot, the one-and-only Phillie Phanatic. For 10 years, the Phanatic (played all this time by Dave Raymond) has entertained fans and annoyed the visiting team with antics on the field and in the stands. He's also made forays into the city, which have been filmed and then shown as "Phanatic Around Town" features on Phanavision at Veterans Stadium.
December 18, 1993
When fighting erupted between African-American and Jamaican students at Martin Luther King High School last week, the School District, law-enforcement agencies and city government joined forces to fashion a quick and comprehensive response - a security mini-station inside the school, city police to patrol outside and a role-model program to talk about how to settle differences without a fight. This week, the plan was executed without a hitch - and peace returned at Martin Luther King High.
January 16, 2008 |
The Phillie Phanatic is the top mascot in sports, according to a market research group whose findings were reported yesterday on Forbes.com. The Phanatic - which edged out the modern era's pioneer figurehead, the San Diego Chicken, for No. 1 on The Marketing Arm's Davie-Brown Index - "became an instant smash when it debuted for the Phillies in 1978. " Tom Burgoyne, who has known the Phanatic inside and out since 1994, squealed with delight at the news. Then he asked: "This isn't the same Forbes list that Oprah and Bill Gates are on?"
January 19, 1996 |
Frank Sullivan might be the only ex-Phillie who never had a bad day at the ballpark. He made people laugh, made them feel good, helped take their minds off games that sometimes were dreadful. He also assured they would be rewarded for showing up early. Sullivan, 65, died Wednesday of complications from liver disease. For 23 years, he was the Phillies' director of promotions. He gave you Kiteman, fireworks, camera night, national anthem singers, workouts by Little League teams, Karl Wallenda walking a tightrope from foul line to foul line high above the playing field, giveaways, Benny the Human Bomb . . . Most of all, he helped to give you the Phillie Phanatic.
January 31, 2008 |
Visitors to Immaculata University basketball games this season may have noticed a new member of the Mighty Macs fan base - a 6-foot, 250-pound, gray-and-white Scottie dog, sporting a blue-and-white Immaculata jersey and matching sneakers. That's Mac, the new Immaculata mascot, enjoying its (Mac is gender neutral) first school year stalking the sideline for the Mighty Macs. When university officials decided in 2006 to revive Immaculata's mascot, they turned to the creator of the character behind perhaps the greatest mascot in sports history (apologies to the San Diego Chicken)
June 12, 1991 |
The last time Terri Allen was in Philadelphia, she stopped in at Veterans Stadium and said hello to Dave Raymond, an old friend who also answers to the name of the "Phillie Phanatic. " The daughter of ex-Phillies star Dick Allen and a former usherette at the Vet, Terri still had that big, radiant smile Raymond remembered so fondly, and it was "like a breath of fresh air" to see her again. "She had that effect on people," Raymond said. "I remember she told me she was coming back to Philadelphia soon and asked me if she could dance with the Phanatic during the seventh-inning stretch.
April 4, 1994 |
Great howls of laughter erupted as the Phillie Phanatic whirled into the dining room at the McAuley Convent in Merion while the Sisters of Mercy ate dessert. Stopping at each of the tables to dazzle the delighted audience with a sample of his unique showmanship, this green, utterly incorrigible creature blessed himself with the sign of the cross and . . . Hey! Come back here with that piece of cake! "Look," one of the nuns said excitedly. "He wants something to eat. Oh, goodness.
May 11, 1995 |
Dressed preposterously as a huge shaggy creature, the thing was attacking people at a church fair in Northeast Philadelphia. It was molesting, harassing, assaulting, battering and, in the language of the law, "engaging in unlawful or offensive touching. " Yes, young and old alike got a good dose of the Phillie Phanatic at the Maternity Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church carnival back on May 15, 1991. One man, a retired bus driver with back problems, says he got a bigger dose than he wanted.
April 13, 1994 |
The challenge came early, in the second inning. A bunch of wise guys in Section 348 began to chant: "We want Dave. We want Dave. " Dave Raymond, the old, original Phillie Phanatic, had retired in November, after 16 seasons. Tom Burgoyne, the new Phanatic, was making his debut. And Burgoyne was ready. He emptied a can of Super String on the head heckler, Robert Mecoli, 36, of South Philadelphia, on Monday afternoon as the entire section erupted in laughter. Mecoli spent the rest of the inning removing green goop from his hair.
December 11, 2011 |
Would I let my children sleep with a stuffed stringy-haired codger like Ben Franklin? Or do I prefer they cuddle nonhuman furry friends? All politics is local, even contests pitting a Founding Father against a top-heavy hound and a 7-foot moose. So when contemplating which costumed creature should next represent the Philadelphia 76ers, I admit my misgivings involve merchandise: If I'm invariably going to spend $29.99 on a Sixers Pillow Pet, which of these plush playthings is least likely to give my kids nightmares?