Valley of The Suns: The Charmed Life of the Phoenix Gorilla

Ape Shall Not Dunk On Ape.

In 1980, a messenger for Eastern Onion named Henry Rojas, a singing telegram service, came to the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, AZ during a Suns home game dressed as a gorilla. As he left, Coliseum security suggested he do a few dances underneath the basket during a timeout and the fans loved it. So did the messenger, who kept coming to games until he was officially invited to be part of the team. Rojas hung up his suit in 1988, but his legacy and the character would remain a staple.

It was the next era of the Gorilla that would be taken to dizzying heights by an ex-ASU gymnast, Bob Woolf... who would boldly go where no man or beast had gone before! Woolf heavily incorporated a mini-trampoline into his act, wowing crowds with amazing athleticism and dunk after electrifying dunk. Constantly raising the bar, Woolf would re-define the position of mascot completely. The character became synonymous with outrageousness much to the marvel of men, women and children alike.

Although not an "official mascot", in 2005, the Suns Gorilla was inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame.