This Isn’t The First Time The Cubs Have Tried The Bear Mascot Thing (Yikes!)

  • Rick Chandler

Clark the Cub, the Chicago Cubs’ new, kid-friendly mascot (“Tailspin”, “Pedobear” and A-Rod’s Gummy Testosterone supplements all come to mind) is making his first public appearance as we speak: at the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center’s Pediatric Developmental Center. Why the Cubs decided to roll out a kid-centric mascot two weeks after Christmas is a marketing strategy only they can explain. But it’s so very Chicago Cubs.

They’re calling Clark “the Cubs’ first official mascot”, and while technically that may be true, the team has taken a shot at this before. The black-and-white photo above is circa 1908 and shows ManBearPig an early attempt at a bear-like mascot, which of course more resembles a giant zombie squirrel (Run! I’ll try to light it on fire!).

Coincidentally, 1908 is the last time the Cubs won a World Series. Did the team have that in mind when they rolled out Clark?

And sharp-eyed baseball historians may have noticed this:

Yes, this photo includes the legendary double play combination of Tinker-to-Evers-to-Giant Moldy Muskrat.

Anyway, as you can see below, Clark is much beloved already!