West Grove resident David Raymond, the owner of Raymond Entertainment Group and the original Phillie Phanatic, helped launch the new Mascot Hall of Fame, which opened the day after Christmas in Whiting, Ind., writes Edward McClelland for Slate.
The idea for the Mascot Hall of Fame came from an incident involving Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Randall Simon 15 years ago. The player bopped one of the team’s mascots with a bat during the mascot race, causing the student inside to fall.
The incident made news nationwide, with outlets asking Raymond for the view from inside the costume.
This prompted Raymond to organize a march on Philadelphia City Hall with a group of southeastern Pennsylvania mascots to promote the “Mascot Bill of Rights.”
“After that, we started thinking a mascot Hall of Fame is something we can do,” said Raymond.
The Mascot Hall of Fame began as a virtual enterprise. Then, the town of Whiting took up the idea to draw tourists to Northwest Indiana.
Read more about the Mascot Hall of Fame from Slate here.
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