Baldwin the Eagle

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Baldwin the Eagle
Baldwin the Eagle.jpg
Baldwin the Eagle in front of NC State's mascot, Mr. Wuf
University Boston College
Conference ACC
Description Anthropomorphic bald eagle
Origin of name Bald (as in eagle) and win
First seen 1966
Related mascot(s) Baldwin Jr.

Baldwin the Eagle, an anthropomorphized bald eagle, is the mascot of the Boston College Eagles.

The nickname "Eagles" goes back to 1920 when Rev. Edward McLaughlin, unhappy at seeing a newspaper cartoon which represented Boston College as a cat after a track victory, wrote to the college newspaper The Heights:[1]

Live birds-of-prey[edit]

The "Eagles" nickname stuck. Soon a pair of golden eagles from Texas and New Mexico were given to the college as gifts. Sadly, one escaped and the other broke its beak trying. For the next four years, the official "mascot" was a stuffed golden eagle located in the athletic offices.[2]

In 1961, another attempt was made at a live mascot when the college adopted a 10-month old golden eagle named "Margo" (so named because the team colors are maroon and gold). Margo lived at the Franklin Park Zoo and was brought to all home games for several years until dying of a virus early in the 1966 season.[2]

Gilded statue[edit]

Another notable incarnation of the Boston College Eagle is a gilded bronze osprey sculpture that diplomat Larz Anderson and Isabel Weld Perkins, his socialite heiress wife, brought back from Japan in the early 20th century.[3] The eagle remained in Larz Anderson Park until 1954 when it was donated to Boston College and became synonymous with the BC Eagle. It now looks over Linden Lane.[4]

Costumed mascot[edit]

By the time Margo died in 1966, eagles had become endangered species and the university then opted to go to a costumed mascot. In 2000, with the unveiling of the current athletics logos, the Boston College Eagle mascot received a visual makeover as well and has appeared that way since.[2] Also, the mascot officially got the name "Baldwin" -- a combination of the words "Bald" (as in bald eagle) and "win." There is also a 9.5 foot inflatable mascot named "Baldwin, Jr." which appears at games. Like many modern costumed mascots, Baldwin wears replica team uniforms at events.[2]

Baldwin the Eagle is brought to life by an anonymous team of Boston College students that are chosen by audition.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eagle Nickname & Mascot – Boston College Athletic Association official website". 
  2. ^ a b c d "Baldwin's Page – Boston College Athletic Association official website". 
  3. ^ "The PDF Walking Tour Guide published by the Larz Anderson Auto Museum notes "The bronze eagle that perched on a stone plinth in the garden may reference the Anderson family's military service. In Japan, the eagle is a Guardian (sic), warding off evil spirits. In this county, the eagle is used as a symbol of the United States. It is also the symbol of the Society of the Cincinnati, of which Larz was a member."
  4. ^ Donovan, Charles F. "History of Boston College: From the Beginnings to 1990"; University Press of Boston College, September 1990, p.266
  5. ^ According to the Baldwin Website on December 1, 2006, BC was holding auditions to add to its "team of Eagles."