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08/27/2006 12:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh Pirates new "pirate" mascot officially named Captain Jolly Roger
Name Was the Most Popular Among More Than 3,000 Contest Entries
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The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced that the team has officially named its new "pirate" mascot Captain Jolly Roger after it received the most votes in a children's naming contest.

After unveiling the new mascot earlier this season, the Pirates teamed up with Trib Total Media to allow children throughout the Pittsburgh region to determine the new mascot's official name. More than 3,000 children filled out the contest entry form that was published in the Trib Total Media family of newspapers and submitted their suggestion for a permanent name.

After the entries were tabulated, the most popular choice was Captain Jolly Roger. Those children submitting it as their top choice were invited to attend a private event today on the PNC Park river walk where they received a Captain Jolly Roger bobblehead, a personal photograph with the mascot and tickets to watch the Pirates take on the Houston Astros.

"The response and creativity we received from the naming contest was outstanding. We are very pleased with the fans' choice," said Tim Schuldt, Pirates VP of Marketing, Sales and Broadcasting. "Captain Jolly Roger will enhance the Pirates interaction with our younger fans both at PNC Park and in the community."

Captain Jolly Roger, which is in addition to the team's long-time mascot the "Pirate Parrot," has been incorporated into the Pirates in-game entertainment offering at PNC Park and other community initiatives. Captain Jolly Roger is also featured prior to Sunday Kids Days in the Giant Eagle Fun Zone on Federal Street, which is presented by Comcast.

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