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Baylor History

Mayborn Museum

Baylor History

A secondary focus is a collection of objects related to Baylor University History, from the founding of the university in 1845 through recent events. Objects in this collection include:

  • The football from the first Baylor University Homecoming game on Thanksgiving 1909 with "B.U. vs T.C.U. 6-3" and the signatures of the players written on its sides.
  • A green and gold beanie or “slime cap” from 1926. These caps were introduced at the turn of the 20th century so that upperclassmen could identify incoming freshmen. Freshmen were once required to wear their beanies upon leaving their residence halls and failure to comply with the tradition resulted in singing "That Good Ol' Baylor Line" at an upperclassman's request.
  • Over 100 spirit ribbons from the late 1950s through the early 1970s. Spirit ribbons were made to be worn at football games with each ribbon having a different slogan, such as "Bring the owls to a screeching halt" and "Put a Razorback in a Bear snack pack."
  • A gold-plated coin commemorating the Opening Day football game at McLane Stadium on August 31, 2014.