|Ricky Young, a tax accountant from Canyonville, OR
||Kim Rohrer, a web production manager from Ossining, NY
||Ken Sansone, an assistant attorney general from Bedford, NH (1-day total: $15,900)
Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
Final Jeopardy! category: SPORTS MASCOTS
Final Jeopardy! clue: This Major League team has no mascot today, but from 1979 to 1981 used a mustachioed fella named Dandy
Who are the New York Yankees?
Ken 1000 + 999 = 1999
Kim 12400 + 10399 = 22799
Ricky 25200 + 399 = 25599 (1-day total: $25,599)
Tomorrow is the 42nd anniversary of the debut of the San Diego Chicken ― it’s one of the chapters in my second book “The Games That Changed Baseball: Milestones In Major League History”. And they didn’t go there. Twice in a week I’m greatly disappointed with the Final Jeopardy clue.
As for Dandy being so short-lived? You can blame the San Diego Chicken for that, too! From the Wall Street Journal:
Want to know whom to blame for Dandy’s premature demise? Look no further than the San Diego Chicken and Lou Piniella.
On July 10, 1979, the Chicken—on sabbatical from the Padres, his regular employer—was working for the Seattle Mariners at the Kingdome, where he threw a hex on Yankees pitcher Ron Guidry as he warmed up. Mr. Piniella, the Yankees’ left fielder at the time, considered this to be in poor taste, so he chased the Chicken and, lacking apparent success, fired his glove at him in a fit of rage.
In the wake of that fiasco, Mr. Steinbrenner supported Mr. Piniella by telling reporters that mascots had no place in baseball—this, just two weeks before the Yankees were to introduce their own.
(contestant photo credit: jeopardy.com)
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