Shenanigans

Shenanigans  features a humorous story of early mascots and  cartoons from the Layden and Leahy era’s.

 

Mike’s Trojan Horse Trophy
by Donn Gregori

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From The South Bend Tribune, September 22, 1900

MASCOTS AT NOTRE DAME.

Dan Moulton, Manager Eggerman and Pat O’Dea have pets.

If Notre Dame is unsuccessful on the gridiron this fall, it will not be due to a lack of mascots, and if there is anything in variety of mascots, Notre Dame will be successful.

When Dan Moulton arrived his train was a menagerie, made up of two trick dogs, and a canary bird – one of the dogs, a hairless Mexican, Dan intends to use as a hoodoo for opposing teams in conjunction with a black and white billy goat Manager Eggeman received from Ft. Wayne.

The goat is of the stock yards variety with a record of having eaten two shirts and a pair of shoes in one morning.  He has already shown a bellicose disposition – but under the care of Moulton, who intents to train him, he may be taught to save his combativeness for the opposing team.

Not to be outdone by the trainer or the manager, pat O’Dea intends to send to Colorado to a friend of his who has pet kangaroos. With this aggregation of animals, the kangaroo hurdling hedge fences, the goat bucking the line, and the dogs doing tricks on the side-lines, Notre Dame should present a terrifying appearance to any antagonist.

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by Donn Gregori

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