Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Original Costumed Mascot, 1942

Today, the Brewers' Famous Racing Sausages celebrate their 20th Anniversary.

On Thursday, June 27, 1993, the sausages graduated from an animated cartoon on County Stadium's old black-and-white scoreboards to a live costumed event. Back in those days, there were only three sausages; Italian, Polish and Bratwurst, who won that inaugural race. They were later joined by the Hot Dog and Chorizo.

Milwaukee baseball was chock-a-block with costumed mascots that year; a costumed Bernie Brewer had just started cheering on the Brew Crew from his new Chalet installed high above the bleachers.

But Bernie wasn't the first, either.

That's skipper Charlie Grimm with a six-foot version of Owgust, the original Barrelman, way back in 1942.

I'd love to see him make a return to the ballpark, perhaps as a new incarnation of Bernie Brewer (the current mustachioed one has been that interesting to me). Can you imagine him going down the slide? Mascot logos are the best.

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