Although Mr. Met was the first costumed mascot to attain prominence in Major League Baseball, Mr. Raymond mentioned, he was not the first: He was preceded in the 1950s by the little-remembered Mr. Oriole, a costumed chicken who labored for the Baltimore Orioles.
Mr. Met (not Mr. Reilly) was inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame in Whiting, Ind., in 2007.
Daniel Joseph Reilly was born on Jan. 28, 1938, in Richmond Hill, Queens, to Anna and Robert Reilly. After graduating from highschool, he attended broadcasting college, served in the Marines in Guam and have become a ticket agent for Eastern Airlines.
After a few decade with the Mets, he labored in promotions for the New York (now Brooklyn) Nets and Colonie Hill Golf Club (now the Wind Watch Golf & Country Club), in Hauppauge, on Long Island; as a bartender; and as a public deal with announcer for New York Waterways. On certainly one of his routes he provided his Mr. Met recollections to followers touring from ports in New Jersey and Manhattan to the World’s Fair Marina, from which they walked to Shea Stadium.
He married Gloria Westerweller on the afternoon of Oct. 11, 1969, the day of Game 1 of the World Series between the Mets and the Baltimore Orioles. It was a highway game, which prevented his closest buddies on the Mets, the outfielder Ron Swoboda and the pitcher Tug McGraw, from attending; the preparations had been made lengthy earlier than the Mets have been anticipated to be postseason contenders.
That marriage resulted in divorce. His second marriage ended along with his spouse’s loss of life.
In 2007, Mr. Reilly wrote a e book, “The Original Mr. Met Remembers: When the Miracle Began,” wherein he reminisced about his time beneath the massive big head and mirrored on his legacy.
“Today, baseball fans know about the Phillie Phanatic and the San Diego Chicken,” he wrote. “The Kansas City Royals have their Sluggerrr and the Cardinals have their Fredbird. All of them are descended from the original Mr. Met.”