|Back of card from the 2001 Rochester Red Wings team card set.|
|Ogden "Recycleman" Whitehead's |
autograph circa 2001.
Recycleman was never a mascot in the traditional sense. In the first place, he owed this final iteration of his name purely from corporate sponsorship. His costume (a smallish baseball uniform in the company's green and black color scheme with cape) promoted an eponymously named waste management group (translation: refuse collection) headquarter in the region. Perhaps the most dramatic departure from "regular" mascot, was the fact that he did not perform in any sort of mask or with artificial musculature; he has accurately been described as a "black, pot-bellied, forty-something superhero."
|Front from the 2001 Rochester |
Red Wings team card set.
His antics at games were the topic of conversation at many games: an online Campus Times article entitled "Red Wings Defrosted and ready to play from March 2001 (a game I think I worked) tells us "Recycle Man leads the cheers in the stands and often from atop the Red Wings dugout while throwing favors in to the crowd and encouraging fans to recycle." The same post also reminds of another common occurrence at games, as " fans are usually entertained by the Red Wings unofficial mascot Super Wasteman, formerly known as Recycle Man. Recycle Man leads the cheers in the stands."
|Ogden, August 9, 2010.|
The few more recent articles I did come across mentioning Ogden gave little indication as to his current whereabouts, though following his tenure as assistant director of administration for the club, they do suggest that he stayed with his passion. In 2008, Ogden appeared at the Eastern Regional Black Deaf Advocates Night of The Stars. In 2010, according to a short article on Cincinnati.com, Ogden Whitehead signed the National Anthem and performed the 7th Inning Stretch at The Hearing Speech and Deaf Center of Greater Cincinnati's first "Dummy" Hoy Night on August 9, 2010, at a Red's game.
After that, the trail on Ogden "