This Day in History: The Phanatic comes to Philly


He's furry. He's green. He's chubby. And he's awesome. On April 25, 1978, the Phillie Phanatic made his debut appearance at The Vet when the the Philadelphia Phillies played the Chicago Cubs. 

During the winter after the 1977 season, Dennis Lehman, who thought that the Phillies needed a mascot similar to San Diego's Famous Chicken, created the Phanatic with help from Harrison/Erickson of New York City (now known as Acme Mascots which had ties with Jim Henson's Muppets) and the team's marketing and promotions department. The Phanatic was named for the fanatical fans of the team.


The Phanatic replaced "Philadelphia Phil" and "Philadelphia Phillis," a pair of siblings dressed in 18th century garb to invoke the city's revolutionary spirit from 1776. Phil and Phillis were in the team logo from 1976 through 1978.


The Phanatic stands at 6'6" tall and is 300 pounds. It seems his love of Philly soft pretzels, cheesesteaks and Tastykakes has attributed to his 90" waist. But his size does not slow him down. He spends his time during the Phillies games dancing, greeting fans, mocking the visiting teams' players, shooting hot dogs into the stands, and riding around the field bringing smiles to the fans seated in the packed stadium. It's hard to say who loves him more -- the kids or the adults.





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