All OU fans are familiar with the school's present day mascot, the Sooner Schooner.  The Schooner first appeared on the sidelines of OU football games back in 1964.  Each time OU scores, the Schooner roars around the field powered by two matching white ponies, Boomer and Sooner.  The Schooner symbolizes the spirit of the Oklahoma Land Runs of the late 19th Century, and is one of the most unique and recognized mascots in college sports.  Another "unofficial" mascot who performed traditional Native American dances at OU football games from the 1940's to 1970 was Little Red.

However, did you know that the first Sooner mascot appeared on OU's campus long before the Schooner or Little Red?  His name was Mex, and he proudly roamed the sidelines of OU football and baseball games during the 1920's.  He also accompanied the team on many road games.  Mex became one of the  early legends of OU football.  So popular was he, that when he died of natural causes in 1928, his funeral was one of Norman's most attended of the era.

Being the huge OU fan that I am...and a dog lover...it's not surprising why I would find Mex's story to be interesting. You see, Mex...OU's first mascot...was a dog.  He was a white terrier with tan markings.  Upon his arrival at OU, his outgoing and friendly personality made him an instant favorite among students, faculty, and Norman residents, and he quickly acquired the job of mascot.  However, It was not his first job.  He had been a mascot in his younger years before coming to OU.  In fact, I discovered that Mex had quite a colorful history.

I obtained much of my information about Mex from OU's official website.  Whether or not you're an OU fan doesn't matter.  If you like dogs, I think you'll enjoy his story.  Click on the next page to continue.

The story of Mex began in 1914 during the height of the Mexican Revolution...

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