A Brief History of Minnesota Twins Mascots

Twinkie The Loon

Scrounging around the internet, I came across something that I never knew before. I will admit that I don’t know everything about the Minnesota Twins, but I have to be darn close. Nevertheless, I was unaware that there was a mascot for the Minnesota Twins before our beloved T.C. the Bear.

I introduce or reintroduce to you, Twinkie the Loon.

Yeah, this was a thing. Or I guess he or she or it was a thing.

According to Baseball Prospectus, Twinkie was developed/born after the 1978 fanatical success of the Phillie Phanatic and, as you probably have assumed, Twinkie did not find quite the same level of fame. Twinkie the Loon only last two years, 1980 and 1981, which is not a good run even for real live loons.

The Twins were without a mascot until 2000 when a bear by the name of T.C. was born and has been in our hearts since. T.C. is a homerun king and my sources say he is a king with the ladies. T.C. is confident enough to strut around with no pants like another famous bear, Winnie the Pooh.

So walk over to that water cooler and tell all your co-workers about Twinkie the Loon. Show them the picture, too. You won’t be invited to another company outing for a long time.

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  • Paul

    I did not know about Twinkie the Loon, that’s actually pretty neat. Did you know that TC Bear is a close relative of the HAMM’s beer bear? Hamm’s was based in Minnesota, and in 2000 the Hamm’s beer bear was named one of the runner ups in the Star Trib’s 150 most influential Minnesotans of the past 150 years. Eventually Miller took over the brewery and discontinued the bear to avoid the impression they were marketing to children, however TC Bear is clearly made in the image of the Hamm’s Bear. Hamm’s was a big sponsor of the Twins, especially in the early days of the franchise in MN. Pretty neat stuff.

    • Paul