Iconic Expos, Habs mascot Youppi! inducted into Mascot Hall of Fame
Add another name to the list of Hall of Famers the Montreal Expos developed.
Youppi!, the beloved orange furball who spent over 20 years as the face of MLB's Expos before jumping to the NHL's Montreal Canadiens, was officially inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame on Sunday. Youppi! is the first Canadian mascot to receive the honor.
Youppi! was presented with a Class of 2020 induction ring from the Mascot Hall of Fame, which is located in Whiting, Indiana.
While Youppi! wore Canadiens gear into the Hall on Sunday, the furry creature is most famous for serving as the Expos' mascot from 1979 until 2004, when the team moved to Washington. Youppi! was perhaps the most popular and visible member of the Expos franchise, and was involved in several notable incidents.
On Aug. 23, 1989, Youppi! became the first mascot in baseball history to be ejected from a game. After drawing the ire of Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda while dancing on the opposing dugout, umpire Bob Davidson gave Youppi! the boot.
When the Nationals didn't bring Youppi! with them to Washington, Montreal's hockey team adopted the lovable monster, making Youppi! the first mascot to separately represent two professional sports teams.
Baltimore's famous Oriole Bird, Boomer of the NBA's Indiana Pacers, and Blue of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts join Youppi! in the Mascot Hall of Fame's Class of 2020. All four inductees were honored in a virtual ceremony when they received congratulations from a host of notable fans, including the governor of Indiana.