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Historical Mascots Can Be Furry, Cute or Just Downright Strange

Created on Mar 04, 2016 by Kathy Pinna
A mascot is "a person or thing that is supposed to bring good luck". Today, we generally think of mascots as people in costumes at high school sporting events, but that wasn't always true. The military, sports teams, ships, schools and even individuals had mascots for good luck. In World War 2, plane art or nose art was a popular mascot for airmen. How many of these mascots do you recognize and how many surprise you?
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The Marine’s had a bulldog as a mascot in 1923!

Marine mascot, 12/1/23

He's so cute - love the tongue. The Marines got the nickname 'bulldogs' in 1918 during World War 1, following a ferocious battle.

Brooklyn Dodgers’ “Lucky Eddie”

Eddie Bennett, mascot, N.Y., 1921

Some said that the Brooklyn Dodgers' 4 straight losses in the 1920 World Series was due to leaving Eddie at home while they were on the road. Eddie went on to serve as the mascot/bat boy for the Yankees for almost 12 years.

In 1923, the Islam Band of San Francisco chose a girl as their mascot

Lucille Shirpser
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In the late 1800's, the USS Vixen chose Miss Vixen, a kitty, as their mascot

U.S.S. Vixen, Miss Vixen, the mascot

What’s more inspiring than an eagle mascot next to a flag?

Eagle mascot, 1898

In 1898, the 'H' troop had a live eagle as a mascot. Does anyone remember if the 1960s t.v. series "The 'F' Troop" had a mascot?

Battleship '"Texas" in 1900

Mascots of the battleship TEXAS

They had two mascots - a dog and a cat. The cat is on the top of the 13 inch gun, the dog is inside.

The famous Babe Ruth & the team's good luck charm

Babe Ruth and mascot

Batting practice? The bat boy/mascot looks ready!

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Mascot of the "Philadelphia" - another cat

Mascot of the "Philadelphia"

What is it with the Navy and cats? Cats aren't even supposed to like water!

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