This week on Mascot Monday: the Towson University Tigers.
I’ve always been a huge fan of the Tigers. To be honest, I think a tiger is one of the best mascots you could ever have. Tigers represent strength, speed and ferocity. What more could could you want in a mascot? Towson has one of the best mascots in the country and most definitely represents the tiger well. But before I talk about how truly awesome the Tigers are, let me brief on the history of the Towson mascot.
Surprisingly enough, the tiger was not Towson first and only mascot. According to Doc’s Wikipedia page, Towson sports teams were referred to the Golden Knights in the 1950’s. However, the late 1950’s brought a number of mascots to campus–the lacrosse team was the “Indians” and the wrestling team were referred to as the “Teachers”. It wasn’t until 1963 a tiger mascot made its first appearance on campus. About a year later, with the help of John Schuerholz the student body and university made the tiger the official mascot of Towson. In 2003, the tiger was renamed “Doc” in honor of Donald Minnegan, a longtime Towson faculty member.
The Towson logo may be the coolest tiger logo I’ve seen thus far. The detail is impeccable! There isn’t a single thing I don’t like about this logo. You couldn’t have picked a better color scheme even if you tried. I think we’ve all come to realize that–despite what team you support–black and yellow is such an outstanding color combination. I don’t know about you, but this tiger looks terrifying. Just look at his eyes and teeth, he could rip you shreds. One thing I love about this logo are the claw marks extending from the back end of the tiger. I think that is such a unique aspect that truly makes this logo one of a kind.
As for the Doc costume, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better mascot. While the Tigers’ logo prides itself on intimidation, the costume is a much more tame version of the Towson Tigers. But don’t let that fool you. He’s still a tiger after all. Needless to say, Doc brings a high level of respect to the program and they should very proud to have him represent their university.