COLUMBIA, Mo. (Missouri Football App) -- It’s not often you see students celebrate the birthday of a mascot, but today is Truman the Tiger’s 26th birthday. Mizzou fans everywhere love Truman the Tiger’s role pumping up fans and making Mizzou games more fun.
Truman the Tiger was named after former President Harry S. Truman, the only United States President to ever come from the state of Missouri.
Truman was created as a tiger because of some Columbia, Missouri ties during the Civil War. According to www.mutigers.com, Mizzou’s official athletics website, “The nickname ‘Tigers,’ given to Mizzou's athletic teams, traces its origin to the Civil War period. At that time, plundering guerilla bands habitually raided small towns, and Columbia people constantly feared an attack…Quickly organized was an armed guard of Columbia citizens, who built a blockhouse and fortified the old courthouse in the center of town. This company was called ‘The Missouri Tigers.’ Soon after Missouri's first football team was organized in 1890, the athletic committee adopted the nickname "Tiger" in official recognition of those Civil War defenders.”
Truman the Tiger appears at special events around campus, local hospitals, charity events and much more around the community. He is widely popular for his “tail spin” dance where he takes his tail in his hands and twirls it around while jumping on one leg. Truman the Tiger participates with the Reserve Officer Training Corps or ROTC officers after every Mizzou score. For every point Mizzou scores, the ROTC officers and Truman do as many push-ups, with Truman the Tiger usually only able to do some.
Whether you see Truman the Tiger at a special event, brightening someone’s day or pumping up the crowd at the football game, remember how important he is to Mizzou.
Happy Birthday Truman!