On June 27th, 1993 the gates opened on the warning track at the Milwaukee Brewer’s County Stadium, releasing a gang of sausages that would soon become permanent icons in baseball. Since then, each Brewers home game features the Johnsonville Hot Dog, Bratwurst, Polish Sausage, Italian Sausage, and Chorizo. These mascots challenge each other to a foot race from 3rd base to 1st base, always between the top and bottom of the 6th inning.
Despite Milwaukee being the first, many other teams have incorporated racing mascots into their game day festivities. In the nearly 30 years since they took the field, teams across the MLB, semi-pro leagues, and collegiate conferences have adopted their own creative versions of the racing mascots.
The league boasts a variety of mascots that compete to be the fastest; from the National’s Racing Presidents, where Abe Lincoln squares off with George Washington and a variety of other past presidents, to an assortment of Pepsi products at the Tampa Bay Ray’s home games. Even the semi-pro leagues have them, like the Inland Empire 66er’s with their Racing Pineapples! In other words, racing mascots have become a common part of the baseball experience at all levels of baseball. Heck, people love them so much that they’re starting to show up at weddings!
Lucky for you, Olympus has tons of experience with racing mascots! We’ve made dozens of racers for teams all over the country. This all started out with our first iterations of the racing sausages nearly 30 years ago! It is safe to say we know a thing or two about racing mascots, and if you find yourself wanting some racing mascots of your own, we have some tips and tricks that may be able to help you get off to the races.
Before you do anything, you need to decide what exactly will be racing at your ballgames:
We certainly don’t expect you to have every detail lined out perfectly, but our expert design team will have some questions for you once we get the ball rolling. To help you out, here are some examples to help you prep for the mascot design process:
Organizations come to us with a variety of budgets. If you’re on a smaller budget, or need ideas on how to generate ROI (Return on Investment), we have just the guide for you! Otherwise, here are a few quick tips:
Mascot races are an undeniably fun part of the baseball and ultimately improve the ballpark experience.
If you are interested in getting a mascot project started, please click here or fill out the form below to speak with one of our mascot experts!