How did major league teams end up with fuzzy creatures running around their stadiums, anyway? Well, back in the early days of baseball, a mascot was generally a human (rather than a person in costume). And it could be anyone they thought brought the team good luck.
Human mascots went out of favor during the early 1900s. But in the 1960s, as a way to make the game more family-friendly, the modern era of costumed mascots began. Mr. Met (of, you guessed it, the New York Mets) was the first modern baseball mascot, introduced in 1964 and still exhibiting a certain urbane, mid-century style. The San Diego Chicken, an advertising mascot that became a fixture at Padres games starting in 1974, is often credited with making the craze take off. Though he wasn’t an official Padres mascot, his popularity at games inspired many teams to adopt mascots of their own.
Today, almost every Major League Baseball team has a mascot. How much do you know about them? Take our quiz to find out!