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Oski the Bear

Oski the Bear | University of California Golden Bears Mascot

Oski is the official mascot of the University of California, Berkeley and has been a tradition at the school since his debut on September 26, 1941 during the football season opener. Oski the Bear is named after the Oski Wow-Wow yell. Live bears were used as mascots until 1941 when the university decided that a costumed bear would make a more suitable mascot. Today, Oski's activities are overseen by the Oski Committee. Oski stands at 5-foot-7-inches and wears a size 15 shoe.

Cal Victory Cannon

The California Victory Cannon was presented to the Rally Committee in time for the 1963 Big Game by the class of 1964. It is shot at the beginning of each game, after each score, and after each Cal victory. Originally, the cannon was kept on the sidelines of the football field. Today, the cannon is been mounted on Charter Hill above and in clear view of the stadium. The cannon has been stolen twice, but recovered both times.

The Golden Bear

The official nickname of the University of California is the Golden Bears. In 1895, the Mens Track team went on a road trip to the East Coast. They brought with them two blue and gold banners. Each banner was emblazoned in gold with the name CALIFORNIA and the state emblem, a Grizzly Bear. On a road trip, the track team defeated both Princeton and Harvard in dual meets, tied Pennsylvania, and won a tournament that included most of the midwestern universities. The track team displayed the banners at each of these contests. Following the road trip, Professor Charles Mills Gayley wrote a song in celebrate of California's domination over the great universities of the east and midwest. He named the song The Golden Bear in honor of the symbol that was on the banners. At the same time, the University formally adopted the name Golden Bears as the nickname for all athletic teams.

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