Handsome Dan

In History, Sports, Uncategorized, Yale on May 11, 2009 at 9:18 am

Which Handsome Dan was truly a standout?

  1. Handsome Dan X
  2. Handsome Dan XII
  3. Handsome Dan I
  4. Handsome Dan XVI

Since 1889 when the first Dan (above) patrolled the sidelines, there have been 17 Handsome Dans.  Bingo, aka Handsome Dan XII, is the only female in the chain.  handsome dan bingoShe was chosen to recognize the admission of women to Yale in 1969.  Although she was initially snubbed by the athletic director, her owner, Professor Rollin G. Osterweis ’30, ’46 Ph.D., persisted and called Bingo’s ultimate selection as Yale’s mascot in 1975 “my proudest moment as a Yale man.”    You can visit Bingo, stuffed,  and all her fellow former Dans on display in the trophy room of the Payne Whitney Gymnasium. 

Photos courtesy of Yale University Manuscripts and Archives and Yale University Athletics


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