The Forgotten Yankees Mascot

Dandy poses on the Yankee Stadium field, likely for the last time, 1979. (Photo by Madison Ford, Midcoast Studio)

On a warm New York summer day at Yankee Stadium, July 22nd, 1979, the Yankees first and only mascot made his world debut.

His name was Dandy, although he wouldn’t officially get that moniker for another month. (Dandy was the winning entry in a “Name the Mascot” contest for fans. It may’ve been an allusion to “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” but no one is sure anymore.) He was seven foot tall, with a rotund physique, a…