Profiles in Plumage: The San Diego Chicken

By John Racanelli

This article was published in the 2019 The National Pastime.

The tale of Ted Giannoulas and his chicken suit is a quintessential study in perseverance, innovation, and, perhaps regrettably, an inexhaustible supply of barnyard puns. The Chicken’s favorite baseball play, for example, is the balk. With this in mind, the author has endeavored to avoid laying an egg in the telling of the San Diego Chicken’s story June 29, 1979, was a night unlike any other at San Diego Stadium. Fans were gnarled in a four-mile-long traffic jam and the start of the game was delayed 36 minutes. . . .

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