U.S. Naval Academy Pennant

U.S. Naval Academy Pennant

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Description (Brief)
Pennant representing the United States Naval Academy is dark blue with yellow lettering that reads "Navy" and the team mascot of a goat and lettering, "Get Em Goat" in yellow. The United States Naval Academy is represented by a goat today, however, in the past the team has been represented by a gorilla, cats, a bulldog and a carrier pigeon. The goat was eventually chosen as the team's permanent mascot due to the fact that goats were common on early ships. The goats would eat garbage and any undesirable food and turn it into milk, which could also be made into butter. Of course the ships would also carry livestock as it provided a source of fresh meat for the sailors during their ventures. The first goat mascot at a Navy game was named El Cid however after the first official goat mascot appeared in the early 1900s the goat was given the name Bill which was the name of a pet goat kept by Commander Colby M. Chester, Commandant of Midshipmen from 1891-1894.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
pennant, collegiate
date made
ca 1960s
referenced
United States Naval Academy
Physical Description
felt (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 10 3/4 in x 28 in; 27.305 cm x 71.12 cm
ID Number
1982.0257.070
accession number
1982.0257
catalog number
1982.0257.070
subject
Education
Sports
collegiate
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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