The Green Weenie

The "Green Weenie" was a baseball gimmick, popular during the 1966 season and lasting mostly until 1974, for the Pittsburgh Pirates. A plastic rattle in the shape of a hot dog, the Green Weenie supposedly hexed the opposing team's player when waved at them, whilst bringing targeted Pirates players good luck. The tradition started in 1966 when Pirates trainer Danney Whelan hexed Astros' pitcher Dave Giusti by waving a green rubber hot dog, correctly predicting he would walk the batter. The Pirates won the game, and Pirates broadcaster Bob Prince drew attention to the magic within the weenie. Bob Prince allegedly had some luck with the magical weenie, cursing Giants pitcher Juan Marichal with a finger injury and winning a game against the Phillies 5-3.