Milwaukee fans are crazy for Hank the Dog "Hank the dog" sits on the field before a spring training game. At left is a Hank bobblehead doll (Getty Images)
Milwaukee fans are crazy for Hank the Dog
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The fascination with Hank the dog has legs.

The stray pup wandered into the Milwaukee Brewers' baseball spring training facility in Arizona last year. Later adopted by a team executive, the fluffy white pooch remains a top fan favorite.

Now a kiosk of Hank-related items has been erected on the field level concourse at their home field at Miller Park. It features a variety of items for sale, including Hank t-shirts, plush toys and dog leashes.

A locked display case features an array of expensive collectibles for the most dedicated Hank fans. A Hank-worn All-Star game jersey, made especially for him, can be purchased for a whopping $1,200.

The Wisconsin Humane Society receives 20 percent of revenue from the sale of Hank merchandise. To date, more than $200,000 has been raised the team said.

The dog's bowl, with food residue still visible, has a $100 price tag. A bed on which Hank once slept can be had for $250.

Want a framed picture of Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy with the precious pup that includes swatches of jerseys worn by each? Shell out $175 and take it home.

"This is just a function of the demand for Hank merchandise," Brewers chief operating officer Rick Schlesinger said.

Hank again will be honored with a bobblehead doll, which will be adorned in pink and doled out to fans attending a Mother's Day game.

"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that Hank is extremely popular," Schlesinger said.

Hank visited the Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix last week to raise awareness for pet adoption programs at the Arizona Humane Society. He will make appearances for charitable causes in the Milwaukee area during the season and return for several visits to Miller Park, too.

Critical thinking challenge: What did Rick Schlesinger mean when he said, "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that Hank is extremely popular." What does Hank have to do with rocket science?

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COMMENTS (12)
  • TehyaWhite-Ste
    4/08/2015 - 07:23 p.m.

    It is clear to me why he's so popular. It's because he's almost like a real live mascot for them. Like when my school's ag department got a pig, everybody loved it because it was our little mascot even though we were actually the Newport Buffaloes.

    • Natalie1225
      4/13/2015 - 10:03 a.m.

      I thin the reason he is so popular is because he is a cute dog, and everyone likes cute dogs. The people who sell the merchandise just want money, and they will get it because everyone likes the dog so much and they will spend a lot of money to Frank.

  • waylon12
    4/08/2015 - 07:56 p.m.

    This is so cool. I love this story alot because it is so awsome. He is a great dog. He is a great supporter in the faclty and games. I love this artical.

  • NickB-2
    4/09/2015 - 10:07 p.m.

    This article is about Hank the dog. He wandered onto a Milwaukee Brewers game last season, and was adopted by a team executive. Since then, he has become quite popular, generating over 200,000 dollars in revenue. I think that it is great that he was adopted and cared for, and that Brewers fans have taken a liking to him.

  • vancer-Che
    4/10/2015 - 01:46 p.m.

    Well the brewers have a mascot, well I guess the Brewers cant have a beer bottle as a mascot, Well a lot of MLB teams have weird mascots anyway.

  • JacobM-5
    4/12/2015 - 10:58 p.m.

    This article is about the desire of the popular Hank the dog. Hank is the mascot for the Milwaukee baseball team. He has become a big face all through the city. Some things from hank are sold for great amounts of money for example an All-Star game jersey was sold for 1,200 dollars. This many people like Schiesnger said that this proves how popular Hank really is.

  • TreyvaunT
    4/14/2015 - 01:32 p.m.

    I never really liked watching dog, or animal shows. They didn't seem interesting to me. Just watching an animal go through hoops doesn't sound to fun to watch.

  • nickb-Lam
    4/14/2015 - 04:32 p.m.

    It's quite hilarious. If this dog didn't wander into the stadium, this article would not exist. This was a great idea to keep the dog and make something positive out of it.

  • coltons-Lam
    4/14/2015 - 04:35 p.m.

    I agree with this. This is really cool. This dog is lucky.

  • austinw-Goo
    4/16/2015 - 11:42 a.m.

    This article is about Hank the dog. He wandered onto a Milwaukee Brewers game last season, and was adopted by a team executive. Since then, he has become quite popular, generating over 200,000 dollars in revenue. I think that it is great that he was adopted and cared for, and that Brewers fans have taken a liking to him.

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