Braves Once Had One of the Scariest Mascots of All Time

Zach Brunner

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Did you sleep a little too well last night? Well, not to worry, because something terrifying from the MLB's past has returned to haunt our dreams. And that disturbing presence is the former mascot of the Atlanta Braves: the "Braves Bleacher Creature."

There are some downright weird mascots in sports. The Wichita State Shockers, Delta State Fighting Okra and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are all relatively obscure in their own right, but even those struggle to compare to the former mascot of the Braves.

Atlanta's Bleacher Creature haunted baseball from the late 1970s to the early 1980s, and it gave the Braves' name an entirely new meaning, as that is likely what you needed to be just to share the same ballpark with this thing. It was originally costumed by a Georgia Tech student named Alen Stensland, according to West Cobb Magazine, before the mascot was retired at the close of the Braves' 1981 season.

Stensland claimed this mascot suit smelled terrible on the inside too, truly making this a living nightmare inside and out. He also noted some less-than-kind reactions to the suit from numerous children, describing how a kid ripped off one of the Bleacher Creature's eyes in his first night wearing the costume, as well as other kids attempting to hit him in the kneecaps.

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