As the New York Yankees are consumed with constantly reminding us of their past, today I thought I’d celebrate, via Scott Cacciola of the WALL STREET JOURNAL, a certain Yankee tradition that deserves much more recognition.
(Ruth, Gehrig, Dimaggio, Dandy)
The Yankees employed a Phillie Phanatic knockoff mascot at Yankee Stadium in the ’70s and ’80s. The thing was called “Dandy” and made by the same woman who came up with the Phanatic and Miss Piggy.
The best part: George Steinbrenner signed off on it.
Yankees owner George Steinbrenner had final approval, and he met with Mr. Harrison and Ms. Erickson at his Yankee Stadium office one afternoon during the early part of the season.
He sat at a large oval table that overlooked the field while two top-level executives—both of whom had expressed their support for the project—sat quietly along a wall behind him.
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.
More from Cacciola’s report:
Marty Appel, the Yankees’ former public relations director, said he had only a vague recollection of Dandy.
“It was sort of un-Yankee-like to have a big mascot running around,” Mr. Appel said.
Wait, then why is Hank still on the payroll?
Cacciola also has the mournful details on the demise of “Dandy,” but let’s not dwell on that.
Instead, join me … won’t you … in remembering … basking … luxuriating in the greatest tradition of MLB’s finest franchise.