Dan Reilly, the Original Mr. Met, Is Dead at 83


Although Mr. Met was the first costumed mascot to achieve prominence in Major League Baseball, Mr. Raymond said, he was not the first: He was preceded in the 1950s by the little-remembered Mr. Oriole, a costumed bird who worked for the Baltimore Orioles.

Mr. Met (not Mr. Reilly) was inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame in Whiting, Ind., in 2007.

Daniel Joseph Reilly was born on Jan. 28, 1938, in Richmond Hill, Queens, to Anna and Robert Reilly. After graduating from high school, he attended…



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