Jack Murphy Stadium

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Jack Murphy Stadium, 1979

 

The Chicken's "Grand Hatching."


Ted Giannoulas, the Famous Chicken, briefly lost the rights to his feathered character before winning them back in 1979. When he did, he returned to the field in what he called the Grand Hatching, which drew more than 45,000 fans. Depending on how you feel about costumed mascots, you can either credit or blame Giannoulas.