The Great Lakes Camels, who debuted in 2018, are an alternate identity created by the Great Lakes Loons.
Toward the end of the 2009 season, with the Loons down late at home, a video was played on the Dow Diamond videoboard of a camel braying its signature call. The original video, the brainchild of former Loons Assistant GM of Production, Chris Lones, was created as a fun and unique way to pump up the crowd. Miraculously, Great Lakes managed to come back and win the game on a Matt Wallach walk-off single.
The production crew continued to show the video in rally situations and the Loons kept winning games, eventually making it to the Midwest League playoffs for the first time in team history. The Rally Camel video became ingrained in Loons culture, and eventually, on Opening Day of the 2012 season, Rall E. Camel made his debut as the official rally mascot of the Great Lakes Loons.
The Loons, in conjunction with Brandiose, developed the Great Lakes Camels identity to celebrate the myth of the rally camel, give a unique awareness to our Hump Day Wednesdays, and also to give fans something fresh and fun to enjoy.
The Camels played one Hump Day game, a walk-off win, in 2018, and returned for most Wednesday games in 2019.