This summary was compiled by the staff of the
Archives from sources in the Archives.
Western Reserve University
|Team Colors (1896-1971)
||scarlet red and white
| 1883 - 1921
|| no nickname or mascot
| Spring 1921 - Spring 1928
|| The student newspaper, The Reserve Weekly,
ran a contest to choose a nickname during academic year 1920-1921. "Jaguars"
was tried out in the paper for several weeks. Other suggested names were
Tornadoes, Northern Blizzards, Catamounts, Thunderbolts, Greyhounds, Lynx,
Wild Cats, Marathons, Warriors, Wampuns, and Martians. There is no known
image of the mascot.
| Fall 1928 - Spring 1971
||The Reserve Weekly sponsored a contest to
find a new nickname since Marietta College claimed prior right to the nickname
"Pioneers." R. C. Weiss, Adelbert senior, the first of five to
submit Red Cats, won the cup offered for the winning entry. Over 100 names
were submitted. The Plain Dealer, a Cleveland newspaper, was already
referring to WRU as the Red Cats. Judges in the contest were: Myron M. Perlich
(representing The Reserve Weekly), Coach Gordon
C. Locke, Coach Robert M.
Grueninger, Athletic Director Frank
A. Yocum, and Paul Motz.
WRU Red Cat, 1936 |
WRU Red Cat, 1968
Case Institute of Technology
|Team Colors (1890-1971)
||seal brown and white
| 1889-Fall 1918
||no nickname or mascot
| Fall 1918 - Fall 1939
|| The first documented use of Scientists was in a 1918 football
program. It appeared frequently in print until about 1935. From 1935 to
1939 it was used only sporadically. The last recorded use of Scientists
was in the student newspaper, The Case Tech, in 1939. There is no
known image of the mascot.
| Fall 1930 - Spring 1971
||The Rough Riders were named after Ray
A. Ride, football coach (1930-1950) and athletic director (1932-1954).
The term was first used in The Case Tech in the 10/23/1930 edition
and appeared frequently until 1935. After 1935, Rough Riders became the
predominant nickname, and the only one in use after 1939. The Rough Rider
mascot was designed by Johnny Whitcomb, graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University.
Case Rough Rider, 1970
Case Western Reserve University
|Team Colors (1969 - 2004+)
||blue and gray
| Fall 1970 - 2004+
||The Captain's Council, captains of the athletic teams, and
the student newspaper, The Observer, sponsored a contest to name
the merged Case and WRU teams. There was no response to the contest. According
to The Observer, the members of the football team picked the name.
According to University historian Clarence "Red" Cramer and Athletic
Director Edward W. Lewis, the
Captain's Council selected the name.
|CWRU Spartan, 1983 |
|CWRU Spartan, 2001 |
|CWRU Spartan, 2006
2KE 1:1 Minutes, WRU Board of Trustees Executive Committee, 1/16/1896
2KD 1:2 Minutes, WRU Board of Trustees, 6/16/1931
21TF 2:1 Program, WRU vs. Case, 11/25/1897
21TF 2:1 Program, WRU vs. Case, 11/24/1898
7PD 6:6 Letter, Gertrude R. Schill to United States Bureau of Standards, 11/7/1930
4PN1 The Reserve Weekly, Vol. XVIII, #15-21 (1/20/1921-3/17/1921)
4PN1 "Red Cats chosen as nickname for university teams," The Reserve
Weekly, Vol. XXVI, Number 2 (10/2/1928): 1
4PH 1:3 Sidney Andorn, ed. Official Handbook, Western Reserve University,
1928-1929. Vol. 39 (?): 25
20PY Differential, 1897, p. 8
Quikref. Report, Pinches, Mary F., "Case firsts, 1880-1976"
20T 8:1, 8:2 Newsclippings, 1932-1938
20PN1 The Case Tech, Volumes I, XVI, XVII, XXII-XXXVIII, 1903-1904, 1917-1919,
20TF 1:2 Program, Case vs. Wooster, 10/31/1931
20JA 2:3 Charles F. Chapman, "Across the Editor's Desk,"Case Alumnus,
Vol. XVII, Number 5 (February 1938): 7
2ND Minutes, CWRU Board of Trustees, 7/5/1967
20PN1 William F. Schneerer, "Letter to the editor," The Case Tech,
Volume 63, Number 7 (10/27/1967): 2
4T 1:1 C. H. Cramer, Note for the file, 8/13/1974
4PN3 Karl Eser, "Sports editorial," The Observer, Volume 2,
Number 1 (9/4/1970): 8
21TF 2:1 Program, Case vs. Reserve, Thanksgiving 1918
21TF 2:3 Program, John Carroll vs. Reserve, 11/7/1936
21TF 5:4 Brochure, 1968 Football Brochure
20T 8:4 Sports Schedule, 1970-1971
4TF 1:4 Brochure, Case Reserve Football - Winners Again!
4T 1:1 Fall Sports Schedules, 1997