Pig: Texas' First Mascot

We've all heard of Bevo, the Texas Longhorns mascot, but before Bevo, Texas' gameday mascot was much smaller and less horny.  Bevo made his first appearance in 1916 after Texas Alumnus Stephen Pinckney and some friends pooled their money to purchase the Steer from the Panhandle at a price of $124. That first Bevo was named "Bo," and he replaced Texas' first live mascot, an English pit bull pup named Pig. 

Pig had the run of campus, sleeping in the University Co-op and attending class with students. If this sounds similar to Texas A&M's current mascot that's because it is. Strikingly. Starting in 1914 Pig traveled to away games, apparently hated Aggies enough to snarl at them and generally had the run of the 40 acres even after Bevo's arrival. Legend has it Bevo I wasn't well liked and actually served as the main course at the 1920 Football banquet. Bevo II didn't arrive until 1932. 

Pig, however, was the people's champ, selected by students. His named derived from Gus "Pig" Dittmar, a lineman for the Horns who could slip through opposing blockers like a greased pig. The two apparently stood next to each other during a game and fans noticed each was bow-legged, the name stuck. 

As a pup, Pig actually went missing, briefly, causing then Athletic's Director Theo Belmont to take out an ad in the newspaper asking for cooperation in locating the dog. Pig was quickly found. 

Alas, Pig's run came to a quick stop on New Year's Day 1923 when a Model T hit him. He died a few days later. Pig's body lay in state in front of the Co-Op as mourners paid their respects. Eventually, the Longhorn band led a procession Pig's final resting place where the Dean of the Engineering School Thomas Taylor gave the eulogy. 

The headstone simply read, "Pig's Dead...Dog Gone."


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