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Cubs unveil first mascot: Clark

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  • This artist's rendering provided Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, by the Chicago Cubs shows Clark, a new mascot being introduced on Monday for the first time in team history. The team will officially introduce Clark during a visit with children at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Centerís Pediatric Developmental Center in Chicago. The team plans on having Clark greet fans at Wrigley Field before and during games.

      This artist's rendering provided Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, by the Chicago Cubs shows Clark, a new mascot being introduced on Monday for the first time in team history. The team will officially introduce Clark during a visit with children at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Centerís Pediatric Developmental Center in Chicago. The team plans on having Clark greet fans at Wrigley Field before and during games.
    Associated Press

  • This artist's rendering provided Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, by the Chicago Cubs shows Clark, a new mascot being introduced Monday for the first time in team history. The team will officially introduce Clark during a visit with children at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Centerís Pediatric Developmental Center in Chicago. The team plans on having Clark greet fans at Wrigley Field before and during games.

      This artist's rendering provided Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, by the Chicago Cubs shows Clark, a new mascot being introduced Monday for the first time in team history. The team will officially introduce Clark during a visit with children at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Centerís Pediatric Developmental Center in Chicago. The team plans on having Clark greet fans at Wrigley Field before and during games.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

The Cubs are introducing a mascot for the first time in the team's long history.

Drawings released by the Cubs on Monday show a young bear wearing a Cubs jersey and a backward blue baseball cap. The mascot is named Clark; the team plays at Wrigley Field, located at Clark and Addison streets on the North Side.

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Team officials say they held focus groups before deciding on Clark, and fans told them they wanted a more family-friendly atmosphere at Wrigley Field.

Clark will greet fans at the ballpark before and during games, and the mascot will have a Twitter account and Facebook page.

The Cubs had a live bear mascot in 1916, nine years after formally adopting the Cubs moniker.

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