Princeton Rays' Staff
Princeton Rays Front Office
President: Dewey Russell
General Manager: Danny Shingleton
Directors of Stadium Operations: Adam Sarver, Rusty Sarver
Assistant Director of Stadium Operations: Austin Southcott
Executive Assistant: Courtney Longworth
Finance Specialist: Mori Williams
Official Team Photographer: Greg Barnett
Public Address Announcer: Eric Lester
Sound Engineer: Thomas Lester
Radio Announcer (Road Games Only): Kyle Cooper
Home Radio Announcer: Wes McKinney
Roscoe's Assistant: Tommy Thomason
Team Chaplain: Craig Stout
For season employment please email [email protected]
Roscoe, the Princeton Rays' Rooster, has been the mascot for professional baseball in Princeton since he was "hatched" just prior to the start of the 1992 Appalachian League season. He originally was known as Roscoe, the Princeton Red Rooster (when the team was affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds), until 1997 when Princeton became an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays and he changed his name. He makes many public appearances before people of all ages year-round. He even has played on the big stage, Tampa Bay's "Tropicana Field," as part of the Tampa Bay Rays' annual "Fan Fest" each of the past three Februarys (2011, 2012, 2013). At the 2012 "Fan Fest," this feathered follower of P-Rays baseball got a special thrill when he had his picture taken with Tampa Bay Rays' star pitcher David Price. Beginning with the 2011 season, he is lending his name to the concessions industry as the P-Rays' concessions operation is now known as "Roscoe's Grille."
Among his career highlights, Roscoe was formally ejected from a game in 1992 and had his own bobblehead doll manufactured and distributed for a "Roscoe Bobblehead Night" in 2006. His bobblehead was the first subject in the long line of "Legends of Princeton Baseball" bobbleheads that the Princeton franchise has distributed throughout the years since. He has also designed his own unique "Mercer Cup Champions Belt" that he wears during the seasons that Princeton captures the Mercer Cup in their annual regular season series versus their cross-county rivals from nearby Bluefield.
Roscoe also has his moments when he transforms into "The Rays' Rasslin' Rooster" as he has stepped into the ring in full rooster gear several times at West Virginia Championship Wrestling televised events. In fact, he captured two WVCW major awards (2011 "Match of the Year" and 2011 "Feud of the Year") for his performances versus "The Cuban Assassin" during a 2011 televised wrestling season that saw him go undefeated in the ring.
The 2013 season saw Roscoe achieve nationwide recognition and honors as part of Minor League Baseball's 2013 nationwide "Mascot Mania" promotion, which determined the most popular mascots in the minors via nationwide on-line and Twitter voting. The first phase of the contest was to determine the most popular mascot in each league and Roscoe captured the 2013 Appalachian League title. The championship phase of the contest saw the respective mascot champions from each of the 14 affiliated minor leagues nationwide face off in a new round of balloting across the country and beyond. Roscoe finished with a very respectable national showing of 7th place despite the fact that Princeton was by far the smallest city (population 6,500) represented. The team mascot that finished in 9th (San Jose) in the voting lists a population of 984,000 and the team that finished 14th (San Antonio) boasts a population of 2,194,927! Other teams with mascots in the national finals that finished behind Roscoe were Aberdeen, Peoria, Myrtle Beach, Hillsboro OR, and Great Falls MT.
Roscoe stays very active in the community and you will find him at various times at both charitable and promotional events. To find out how Roscoe can attend your gathering, please contact the P-Rays front office either by e-mail at [email protected] or by telephone at (304) 487-2000.