KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City’s favorite king of the jungle has been inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame.
The Kansas City Royals’ Sluggerrr was inducted Monday, the announcement made from the home of the Mascot Hall of Fame in Whiting, Indiana.
The Royals released a statement in which Sluggerrr was quoted as saying:
“I’d like to thank all the Royals fans who helped vote me into the Mascot Hall of Fame, the front-office for supporting my ambitions and everyone involved with the Mascot Hall of Fame for voting me in,” Sluggerrr roared. “I take a lot of pride in being one of the mane attractions at Kauffman Stadium. I’d be lion if I said this wasn’t one of my proudest moments as the official mascot of the Kansas City Royals.”
The news release said Sluggerrr makes about 500 appearances a year and has been doing so since April 5, 1996. He is the fourth MLB mascot to be inducted.
— Sluggerrr (@Sluggerrr) November 6, 2017
According to the release, “Sluggerrr was selected for his fun and innovative in-game antics, skits and videos, as well as a new school show program.”
Other mascots inducted Monday include the Chicago Bulls’ Benny the Bull, the Chicago Blackhawks’ Tommy Hawk and Penn State’s Nittany Lion.