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1973 Navy Midshipmen Artwork: Unisex Varsity Color-⁠Block Hooded Sweatshirt

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Color: navy heather

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Bill the Goat is the mascot of the United States Naval Academy. The Navy Monkey (which was really a gorilla) was the first mascot. It was the favorite animal of U.S. Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft, who established the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1845 during the administration of President James K. Polk. In 1893, a live goat named El Cid made his debut as a mascot at the fourth Army–Navy Game. El Cid was a gift to the Brigade of Midshipmen from officers of the USS New York. With the goat, Navy gained a 6-3 win over Army that year, so he was adopted as part of the team. There were other mascots in those years, including a gorilla—the very first mascot, two cats, a bulldog, and a carrier pigeon. However, the goat has served without interruption since 1904. In the early 1900s, the beloved mascot was finally given a name. On the return trip to the Naval Academy after the Midshipmen triumphed over West Point, the goat was led on a victory lap through the train and did not leave the midshipmen until they reached Baltimore. It was then that 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.
Product details
The Varsity Color-Block Hoodie will take you back in time. The athletic inspired stripes give you the sporty but retro look, perfect for watching your team win or relaxing at home. Enjoy the comfort of sustainably-sourced and USA grown cotton.
  • 50/50 Cotton/ Polyester NuBlend® Pre-shrunk Fleece
  • SIZING RUNS SMALL
  • Made with sustainably-sourced, USA-grown cotton
  • Athletic inspired varsity stripes on sleeves
  • No drawcord in hood
  • Tear-away label
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