Can’t believe I forgot!

Hi everybuddy! Happy Monday!

Okay, remember last week when I told you all about the Sooners?

Well, I FORGOT the MOST impawtant thing of all! The Sooners’ very first mascot, a little pit bull-type doggie named Mex!

Here’s what SoonerSports.com, the “oh-fishal” site of the Sooners, has to say about Mex. I hope you enjoy learning abouts him!

“During Oklahoma football and baseball games from 1915-1928, Mex the Dog wore a red sweater with a big red letter ‘O’ on the side. One of his main jobs was to keep stray dogs from roaming the field during a game in the days when the football field was more accessible to non-ticketholders.

Before his career as a mascot, Mex was just a helpless ‘dog waif.’ Then a U.S. Army field hospital medic found him in Mexico in 1914 during the Mexican Revolution unrest. Mott Keys was stationed along the Mexican border near Laredo, Texas, and found the dog among a litter of abandoned pups one night on the Mexican side.

Mex was adopted by Keys’ company, and when Keys finished his duty and moved to Hollis, Okla., he took Mex. He later attended OU and Mex followed him again.

At OU, Mex’s experience as an Army medic company mascot landed him the job with the football team and a home in the Kappa Sigma fraternity house. He quickly became Oklahoma’s most famous dog. ‘A joyous staccato bark cheered Sooner touchdowns’ at football games and a ‘victory woof’ punctuated home runs at baseball games. But Mex began to gain national attention in October of 1924 when the OU football headed north to play Drake.

Mex did not board the train in Arkansas City, Kan., as the OU football team and its boosters switched cars to head for Des Moines, Iowa, and the game. Missing their beloved mascot, the Sooners were shut out by Drake, 28-0. The headline from the Arkansas Daily Traveler on October 28, 1924 left no doubt as to the cause of the humiliating loss: “Crushing Defeat of Bennie Owen’s Team is Charged to Loss of Their Mascot Here”.

A 50-cent reward was offered. Mex was eventually discovered in Arkansas City pacing the train station platform. OU grads J.D. Hull, Hughes B. Davis and J.C. Henley recovered Mex and the men drove him to the next Sooner game against Oklahoma A&M in Stillwater.

Mex died of old age on April 30, 1928. He was so popular among students and faculty that the university closed for his funeral and procession on May 2, 1928. He was buried in a small casket somewhere under the existing stadium.”

Oh, and they even made a t-shirt with his face on it that my momma wants SO bad! Isn’t it just the cutest? Okay, I know. It would be cuter with my face on it. But it’s still pretty cute, don’t you think?

PeeS. Thank you to everybuddy who has gone and left Boomer and his momma such nice words about their dear Lucky. The furry bloggie world is just the bestest!

 

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30 responses to “Can’t believe I forgot!

  1. Gracious Myzie, how could you furgets to tell us bouts Mex????
    Dat is a cool story and to think rescueing went back thousands of years ago…okay, maybe not a thousand but you get da point.
    I wonders when I go to da bridge if my town will shut down fur da day. I didn’t think so either.
    Haves you sent your resume in to be da new mascot?

    Puddles

  2. Mom & Dad used to be Soonerpeople! They lived in OK for four years (Tulsa). Mom says it is a very nice place. She would love to go back & visit.
    Hope your Monday is great Mayzie!

  3. Mayzie,

    Happy Monday! Dat story ’bouts Mex was very interesting, tank youz fur sharing it. 🙂

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

  4. Morning Mayzie!!!
    Oh my goodness what a very very nice story about Mex!!! I real live Sooner Mascot. Maybe you are one his descendant??!!!

    We hope you, my Cap’n Ripley, Abby, Ranger, and Mom have a great week.
    Hugs Madi

  5. Thanks for shasring that great story, Mayzie! Of course ZMex was a wonderful dog and the best of the best! He was a rescue!

  6. Mayzie: We liked the Mex story! And we think that t-shirt would look better if your face was on it. But Oklahomaans are tied to tradition, so we thinks the chances of getting it changed are not good.

    kisses anyways
    gussie

  7. Cupcake

    I loved reading about Mex. Thanks for sharing that with us.

    Love, Cupcake

  8. Pip

    That shirt is mighty cute – but it would be even more adorable with your face on it! Mex sounds like he was quite a dog!

    Your pal, Pip

  9. This is a most excellent story! Mom’s a little choked up about it – she loves dog stories! Mex’s story is very inspiring and we’re thinking we should be doing something more worthwhile than eating, sleeping and playing!
    The Road Dogs

  10. Wow Mayzie that was a great story, I love underdog stories like that.

  11. I found this little history lesson fascinating! That Mex lived quite a life. I bet he enjoyed being so famous!

    Bunny

  12. Wow, we are so happy that you remembered to tell us all about Mex, that is a great story.

    Have a great week, Mayzie

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  13. thank you fur sharing that
    we love the t-shirt

    nice story to!

    Kissslobbers
    El’bow & Hauwii

  14. Thanks fur sharing that!

    I hadn’t evFUR heard of such a khool khanine!

    It is khwite the khute t-shirt!

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra

  15. Hi Mayzie! Wow, what a cool story about Mex – that is so amazing that they loved him so much!!

  16. That is such a great story about Mex. He sure was a popular dog and a great mascot. Thanks for telling us this story. Take care Mayzie.

  17. How cool. I still like my buckeyes best though!

    Kari
    http://dogisgodinreverse.com/

  18. miss mayzie,
    mama and daddy are pretty hooge college football fans, but they didn’t know that story about mex! he was a super cool dude and so famous!! i bet being a mascot was really really funsies, too! i wanna know how he missed the train. poor guy! oh, and that mex shirt is really neato! i think you should get it for your mama for a christmas pressie. 🙂

    *woof*
    the booker man

  19. What a great story of how Mex found his place in the world.

    Nubbin wiggles,
    Oskar

  20. Teddy Bear

    Very cool story. Thank you for sharing.:)

  21. Kit

    Very cool story…Thanks for sharing!
    Our Rama is a college football fanatic, especially SEC!
    Licks and sniffs,
    Zack, Sassy and Buddy

  22. Mayzie!
    Thanks for sharing Mex’s story!
    It is pawesome!
    Kisses and hugs
    Lorenza

  23. What a great story! I guess us doggies, CAN be pretty important to people and we should always do our bestest for the ones we love, huh, Miss Mayzie?! The CC Pups

  24. Mayzie
    That was a cool story about Mex. Love the shirt and you are a great Oklahoma supporter!!

    wags
    Jazzi

  25. Never mind Mayzie, you have told us all about Mex now and that was a lovely story.
    love
    Martha and Bailey xxx

  26. Thanks for sharing about Mex, I didnt know about all that.
    Your mom is right that shirt is cute and I want one too! Yes it would be cutier with your face though 🙂

  27. What an interesting history! No wonder you are Sooners fans! That doggie is lots of cutes!

    Wags,
    Zona

  28. oh my mommish ish putting this in her santas wish list maybe she’ll gets it this year she has been pretty good tee hee

    pibble sugars
    the pittie pack

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