National Mascot Day

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2023 DateJune 17, 2023
2024 DateJune 17, 2024
National Mascot Day

National Mascot Day History

National Mascot Day celebrates and recognizes the importance of mascots in sporting events. Mascots are one of the reasons why halftimes are not boring. They always bring extra enthusiasm to games, either on the sideline, or during half time. This day is observed annually on June 17th.

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National Mascot Day Facts

  • The word mascot evolved from the French mascotte. The word originally meant a lucky charm and was used in gambling slang. In the 1880s, the word was adopted by the US. In 1886, the New York Times used the word to reference a team’s mascot.
  • According to theculturecrush, it’s believed that the first official animal mascot was Handsome Dan, a bulldog belonging to a member of the Yale class of 1892.
  • The shift from live to costumed mascots was initiated by the New York Met’s mascot Mr. Met. He debuted in 1964.
  • According to a Forbes Magazine ranking, Phillie Phanatic was the number one mascot in all of baseball in 2016.

National Mascot Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Learn more about your favorite mascots. Whether it's baseball, basketball, football, whatever the sport, research the history behind your favorite mascots.
  • Check out the mascot hall of fame located in Whiting, Indiana. It features exhibits and activities involving mascots from all the US sports leagues.
  • Watch the Hulu documentary Behind the Mask. It explores the history of sports mascots and the challenges they have faced over the years.

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