Mascot Hall of Fame Gallery
January 1, 2011
Scores of sports team mascots from across the country converged in Philadelphia for the inaugural inductions into the Mascot Hall of Fame on Aug. 16.
Suns Dancers (left) Stephanie and Ryan were among the Phoenix contingent on hand to see one of the Suns' own inducted.
The Suns Gorilla joined Hall founder Dave Raymond for a live appearance on ESPN's Cold Pizza before heading downtown for the main event.
Raymond, the original Phillie Phanatic had some help from his friends.
The Phanatic and the Hall's own mascot posed with Raymond, Go and the Hall trophy, a depiction of a can of silly string in mid-flight.
"Go" put one of the mascot trade's staples to good use.
When you have a bunch of mascots and some cans of silly string, you automatically have a party.
Next up was an appearance for a local Philadelphia television station.
Mascots in general and the Gorilla in particular are never shy around cameras.
Go's parental influences, Ray and Margaret Woolf made the trip from Wyoming for their primate's big day.
Margaret gets some sugar from her boy-turned-animal.
Suns owner Robert Sarver flew Hall of Famer Connie Hawkins and former Suns star and arena emcee Cedric Ceballos out to the City of Brotherly Love on his private jet.
The Suns Dancers braved a steady rain for their favorite mascot.
Phillies phans were out in phull phorce to honor their beloved Phanatic.
Creatures of all sizes and colors gathered in downtown Philadelphia to honor the top characters in their field.
Mascots from all sports were represented.
Sarver introduced the Gorilla by declaring him "the best mascot of all time."
The Suns' Vice Chairman and Managing Partner was surrounded by "representatives" from many teams, including the dreaded San Antonio Coyote.
Go was escorted by a couple of other Suns fan favorites, the Suns Dancers.
Go made his way down the red carpet to the podium while mingling with the crowd.
Sarver and the Gorilla play to the throngs of well-wishers.
After revolutionizing the NBA's mascot presentation, the Suns Gorilla was rewarded for his accomplishments.
Go acknowledges the roar from the crowd upon his introduction.
Go shows off his hardware.
The Phillie Phanatic joined the Gorilla and the Famous Chicken as the first inductees into the Mascot Hall.
Go shows his appreciation for baseball's most famous mascot.
It was a happy day for a couple of creatures who have brought happiness to so many others.
Go gives his "thumbs up" to the day and the honor of his induction.