Phoenix Az Mugs
Ape Shall Not Dunk On Ape. In 1980, a messenger for Eastern Onion named Henry Rojas, a singing telegram service, came to the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, AZ during a Suns home game dressed as a gorilla. As he left, Coliseum security suggested he do a few dances underneath the basket during a timeout and the fans loved it. So did the messenger, who kept coming to games until he was officially invited to be part of the team. Rojas hung up his suit in 1988, but his legacy and the character has continued for literally decades. Although not an "official mascot", in 2005, the Suns Gorilla was inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame.
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In Greek mythology, a phoenix is a bird that is reborn through the ashes of the phoenix who came before it. The bird would die in flames after living a centuries long life. The phoenix was also an early Christian symbol, hence the use of the tongue of flame (the Holy Spirit) in this design. Original illustration in red by J. W. Mollett, 1883.
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