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A few years back I was shocked to learn that the Yankees had once had a ill-conceived and misbegotten mascot, Dandy, which appears to some kind of upsetting bird-type creature although it is honestly quite hard to be sure. Since everyone involved is eager to deny involvement and sweep poor Dandy under the rug, conflicting information abounds. I first read about Dandy in a book about Yankee history, when I researching a chapter in my own book, and in that post I quote a New York Times article, but it turns out accounts vary as to just when and for how long Dandy stuck around, and what he did or didn’t achieve in his short and blighted existence.

Now the great Flip Flop Fly Ball has discovered this fantastic/terrible photographic evidence of Dandy in his unnatural habitat, “on some guy’s Picasa photo album”:

Ladies and gentlemen, the 1980s.

Categories:  Bronx Banter  Emma Span  Hot Stove  Yankees

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1 Chyll Will   ~  Jan 17, 2011 4:43 pm

My mind just went [pinwheel]...

2 Paul   ~  Jan 17, 2011 5:00 pm

Dude looks slick. Classic satin jacket. Hipster jeans. Faux adidas. Superfly!

Dandy OTOH needs to be taken out back and shot. The red porn 'stache really does it though, huh?

3 rbj   ~  Jan 17, 2011 5:34 pm

There was a lot of drug use in the 1980s.

4 Mattpat11   ~  Jan 17, 2011 5:37 pm

Several things.

1. If I ever form a band, I'm calling it the Upsetting Bird-Type Creatures

2. Are we sure that's not a woman?

3. This was taken at game six of the 1981 World Series. I don't think its a coincidence that it was all downhill from that point.

5 RagingTartabull   ~  Jan 17, 2011 5:39 pm

Dandy looks really pissed that Lemon pinch hit for John, and frankly I don't blame him.

also...cocaine's a helluva drug!

6 Sliced Bread   ~  Jan 17, 2011 5:56 pm

Which one's Dandy?

7 bags   ~  Jan 17, 2011 6:24 pm

It appears to me that Dandy is saluting.

Very Steinbrenner-esque.

8 Chyll Will   ~  Jan 17, 2011 6:48 pm

[7] Except that Dandy's got his cap cocked to the side. If George saw that, he would've punched him in the... whatever.

He's more like Grover's dirty old uncle that he didn't like to talk about...

10 Chyll Will   ~  Jan 17, 2011 10:09 pm

[9] Okay, I take it back. George was quite a spazz during those days, so he's partly to blame for his being there and his ultimate demise. That would also explain why while they banished him to the upper deck, they also intended to extended his time at the end of his first contract. Dandy's creators had far more common sense then the Yanks did, which is not saying much in the 1980's.

But I don't feel sorry for the bugger, timing and all be damned. The San Diego Chicken and the Phillie Phanatic are creatures that, while conceived for the sake of the clubs they represent, do not invoke any representation of their respective clubs via their features. Unless San Diego is the fast food chicken capital of the US, I don't see how a cartoon chicken is otherwise reminiscent of San Diego, nor a seven-foot green moon muppet with an inverted cone for a mouth a stand-in for Philadelphia (maybe the beer-gut). But Dandy was ill-conceived from the get-go, from the royal blue venerated pinstripes (which was argued for by its creator) to the Munson mustache, which soon turned into tragically poor taste.

To imply that George and the Yanks were largely responsible for the creature's failure misses a crucial point; the Yankees and their fans practically worship Yankee iconography and destroy most attempts to denigrate or lampoon it; to embrace a brutishly cartoony mascot with the wrong colors embedded into it's body would be akin to moving the whole gang of Bleacher Creatures behind home plate or in the press box. The concept was ill conceived from the beginning; karma probably saved them from bigger embarrassment. Epic fail.

As Mr. Met has proven time and time again, you don't need a gimmick just because somebody else has one that, yunnow, works.

11 Boatzilla   ~  Jan 17, 2011 10:31 pm

I remember seeing Dandy, at the stadium. I always thought he looked a little like Thurman Munson. I misremembered that his era coincided with the washboard-ragtime band that used to play in the stands. But I think the band's time was in the mid 70s right after the "old" new stadium opened. They sure beat the hell out of "groan" Cotton-Eyed Joe. Trombone, trumpet, banjo and washboard drummer.

12 thelarmis   ~  Jan 17, 2011 11:14 pm

[4] lemme know if ya need a drummer. i work cheap...

13 williamnyy23   ~  Jan 17, 2011 11:44 pm

Dandy, like Posada's HoF candidacy, is another one of those annual Bronx Banter topics that seems to herald the start of another season. I am not sure if all the old archives are still active, but there is lots of information, and links to a few other pictures, in the comments of at least two or three threads on the topic.

14 williamnyy23   ~  Jan 17, 2011 11:45 pm

[13] And...Emma actually links to one of those threads! Should have clicked through before posting.

15 thelarmis   ~  Jan 17, 2011 11:54 pm

blow jays signed jon rauch for ONE year, $3.75 mil. i'm not saying soriano's not a better relief pitcher, but the rauch deal is much easier to stomach...

[13] yeah, i remember a thread or two devoted to Dandy here...

we have the Center of Puppetry Arts here in Midtown (Atlanta). i took my niece and nephews, a coupla weeks ago, when they were here visiting. there was a huge Jim Henson exhibit going on. Dandy, was not there...

i would like our Dandy to hurry up come back already. please, Andy. please!

16 Chyll Will   ~  Jan 18, 2011 1:08 am

I like the concept that a guy who resembled a displaced Vietnam vet was our unofficial mascot for so many years far better than the idea that Dandy or Giuliani ever existed.

17 The Mick536   ~  Jan 18, 2011 7:51 am

[16] Right on, brother.

I remember asking my wife to stand with him for a picture. Needless to say, I don't have one.

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