The Sky Sox have no intention of abandoning their popular mascot when they change their name after this season.
“He’s going to stay around, for sure,” general manager Chris Phillips said. “He may have a new friend or two down the line.”
The Sky Sox are asking for fans to submit ideas for new names on their website through June 27. They will then pick 5-7 finalists and ask fans to pick their favorite among those.
Some names may come with an obvious new mascot, some may not.
Sox the Fox was introduced as the team’s mascot in 2000, with the fox being chosen over other animals that included a trout. He came to being after the team opted not to make a live mascot out of the figure on its logo. The figure, named Socko, was a fierce-looking, bat-wielding sock that the team deemed implausible to make into an interactive mascot.
History of the Sky Sox name
The Sky Sox officially received their name on Jan. 1, 1950 by way of a contest run by The Gazette (then known as The Gazette Telegraph).
Reader Melvin Barhite’s suggestion of “Sky Sox” was selected over thousands of entries. He explained he liked the name because it connected the team name to its parent club at the time, the Chicago White Sox, with a team that would be playing “in the sky.”
Barhite was a longtime Colorado Springs resident who died in 2015 at 93.
The Sky Sox name went dormant after the team left after the 1958 season but was resurrected when the Elmore Sports Group relocated its Triple-A franchise from Hawaii to Colorado Springs in 1988.