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University Archives: Team Colors, Mascots, Names


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 Pioneers
  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 Red Cats
  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 Scientists
  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 Rough Riders
  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+ Spartans
  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, 1923-1939
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

Collections FAQ

Why isn't the book on the shelf?
Find out where a book is before you go to the shelf. Search the Case Catalog to see what it says like
- "Check Shelves" (look on the shelves, find it, & check it out);
- "Just Checked In" (ask staff for help, it's nearby, but too soon to be back on the shelves yet);
- "Off Campus" (out at an OhioLINK school);
- "Due mm/dd/yyyy" (it’s checked out until that date.) 
Tip: If it is not available, order an OhioLINK copy
Can I return books to a different Library?

Return Case or OhioLINK items to any Case library, yes. Case libraries have different hours, so your book might not get checked in on the day you return it if you use a bookdrop.

Return the CPL@Case-KSL books only to KSL, so the collection is here for you & others. Case libraries are not responsible for returning other local libraries’ books. Returning public library books here will not check them off of your account at those libraries.

What does "Check Shelves" mean?
"Check Shelves" means it is supposed to be on the shelf. If it isn’t there, double-check what the Case Catalog currently says to make sure that nobody else has checked it out or has kept it out too long.
How long does reshelving take?
The times are different, depending on what is being reshelved and what time of semester it is. KSL goal: to reshelve journals within 24 weekday hours, reshelve books within 48 hours. During peak times (end of semester) the time can be longer. Ask staff at the Main Service Desk for help.
How do I reserve a book?
Books are on the shelves for anyone who needs them, and are not reserved for individual use. If our book is checked out, order a copy from the OhioLINK.
Where are the UL Storage Stacks?
KSL has a university center half a mile from KSL, where lesser used or brittle books are kept, and the catalog search screen will display "UL Storage." You can visit the Center during daytime hours, or use an online request form to bring back the item to KSL. The center is now called RRCC (Retrospective Research Collections Center.)
Can I get a book or video on a specific date?
Yes, Case faculty, staff, & students can find out more details and use a convenient online request form for Book a Video or DVD  (KSL’s other collections are available only on a first-come basis for everyone, and cannot be booked ahead of time.)
What does a Book on Order mean? When will it get here?
When the catalog item displays “1 copy ordered for (library name)” the item is already in the library getting the final processing labels, etc., and will soon be on the shelf! Ask staff if there are other copies avaialable in OhioLINK in the meantime, or if you have an urgent need.
What is a PIN?
Your PIN is not assigned, you choose what it is and enter it on the Case Catalog at “View Your Library Record,” following the instructions. A Case Library PIN is a Personal Identification Number that protects your information, just like your bank ATM asks for a similar security PIN.
How do I get a library account & where can I look at it?
Case faculty, staff, and students automatically have online library accounts. You can look at it on the Case Catalog under “View your library record.” Use your library account to renew items on line and keep track of what you have checked out or ordered from OhioLINK or RRCC or Iron Mountain sites. Your Case ID is your library card!

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