Bill the Goat is the mascot of the United States Naval Academy. The mascot is a live goat and is also represented by a costumed midshipman. There is also a bronze statue of the goat in the north end zone of Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. This statue also plays a role in "Army Week" traditions. The Navy Monkey was the first mascot. It was the favorite animal of U.S. Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft, who established the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1845 during the ...
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The goat is more than a mascot; it is a full member of the...
- The legend of Bill the Goat
For centuries, ships sailed with livestock in order to...
- The early years
In 1893, a live goat named El Cid made his debut as a mascot...
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Navy Bill is a sculpture of the United States Naval Academy's mascot, Bill the Goat, a billy goat. It was designed by Clemente Spampinato in 1956, and presented to the Academy in 1957. Until 2010, the sculpture stood just inside Gate 1 to the Academy. Following a five-year refurbishment underwritten by the Class of 1965, the statue was returned to Gate 1. A second statue commissioned by the Class of 1965 was placed in the north end zone of Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on 9 June 2015 ...
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William "Billy" Windsor I is a cashmere goat who served as a lance corporal in the 1st Battalion, the Royal Welsh, an infantry battalion of the British Army. He served as a lance corporal from 2001 until 2009, except for a three-month period in 2006 when he was demoted to fusilier, after inappropriate behaviour during the Queen's Official Birthday celebrations while deployed on active duty with the battalion on Cyprus. He retired to Whipsnade Zoo in May 2009. His young replacement is known as Wi
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Jun 22, 2018 · From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository Derived from "billy goat," Bill the Goat is a totally imaginary symbol of the United States Naval Academy, to be invoked only on occasions of levity, especially in the context of sports. It is objectified in a variety of ways.
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- The Legend of Bill The Goat
- The Early Years
- Many Goats, One Mission
- The Kidnappings of Bill
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- Team Bill
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Goats at sea
For centuries, ships sailed with livestock in order to provide sailors with fresh food. Ships in the British and early American navies often carried goats, to eat the garbage and other undesirable food and to return milk and butter. The first usage of "billy goat" for a male goat occurs in the 19th century replacing the older term "he-goat."
Goats at USNA
There is a legend that a Navy ship once sailed with a pet goat, and that the goat died during the cruise. The officers preserved the skin to have it mounted when they returned to port. Two young ensigns were entrusted with the skin. On their way to the taxidermist, they stopped by the United States Naval Academyto watch a football game. At halftime, for reasons the legend does not specify, one ensign decided to dress up in the goat skin. The crowd appreciated the effort, and Navy won the game.
In 1893, a live goat named El Cid made his debut as a mascot at the fourth Army–Navy Game. El Cid was a gift to the Brigade of Midshipmen from officers of the USS New York. With the goat, Navy gained a 6-3 win over Armythat year, so he was adopted as part of the team. There were other mascots in those years, including a gorilla—the very first mascot, two cats, a bulldog, and a carrier pigeon. However, the goat has served without interruption since 1904. In the early 1900s, the beloved mascot was finally given a name. On the return trip to the Naval Academy after the Midshipmen triumphed over West Point, the goat was led on a victory lap through the train and did not leave the midshipmen until they reached Baltimore. It was then that the goat was given the name "Bill", which was the name of a pet goat kept by Commander Colby M. Chester, Commandant of Midshipmen, from 1891-1894. The tradition continued during World War II.In 1968 Bill XVI, a gift from the United States Air Force Academy, died of accidental poisoning after weed killer was sprayed too closely to his pen.Bill XVII, met the same fate in 1971.Bill XIX and Bill XX died of natural causes after each served three years of faithful service, in 1975 and 1978 respectively.In 1978, Bill XXI led the midshipmen to a victorious season, including a 23-16 victory over Brigham Young University. He is also credited with two Navy wins over Army.
The first recorded kidnapping of Bill in modern times was accomplished one week before the Army-Navy football game in the fall of 1953. A group of cadets from the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point sneaked onto the Annapolis grounds with the help of a West Point exchange student who was living at the Naval Academy. After locating the goat behind the stadium, the cadets stashed it in the backseat of a convertible; however, their cover was blown when they stopped at a gas station and the goat's horns shredded the convertible top. The cadets successfully made it back to the USMA and presented the goat to the entire Corps at a raucous dinnertime pep rally; however, many Navy midshipmen refused to go to classes until Bill was returned. After the goat's return was ordered by officials from West Point (as well as President Dwight D. Eisenhowerhimself, a USMA graduate), the Army cadets staged a mass protest which was posted on the front page of several New York papers as "G...
In addition to the live Bill goats, a costumed mascot also attends the United States Naval Academy football games. The live Bill goats rarely travel far from the United States Naval Academy, so the costumed mascot makes these trips solo. The costumed mascot is sponsored by the Class of 1971; for this reason he wears the number 71 on his jersey.
Team Bill is a group of midshipmen from the United States Naval Academywho volunteer to take care of the Bill goats and to transport them to and from events. Currently there are two Bill goats being cared for by the midshipmen at a dairy farm in Gambrills, Maryland. The picture to the right shows Team Bill on May 5, 2007 accepting the delivery of Bill XXXIII and Bill XXXIV from Stacy Bonus who donated them to the Academy.
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Bill the Goat ist das Maskottchen der Football-Mannschaft der United States Naval Academy. Es handelt sich zum einen um eine leibhaftige Ziege, zum anderen tritt bei Footballspielen auch ein Midshipman (Fähnrich zur See) in einem Ziegenkostüm auf, um die Zuschauer zu unterhalten. Weiterhin steht am Haupteingang zum Campus der Academy eine Bronzestatue eines Ziegenbocks.
Male goats have been called billies since the 1800s (The Three Billy Goats Gruff dates from 1840, and the US Navy has had a “Bill the hiat" mascot since 1893), and before that “he-goat" (Wikipedia) was used for male goats, but goat lovers have used the term buck in recent years, because “billy goat” has negative associations, as in “smells like a billy goat”.
The United States Naval Academy (USNA, Annapolis, or simply Navy) is a federal service academy adjacent to Annapolis, Maryland.Established on 10 October 1845, under Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft, it is the second oldest of the five U.S. service academies, and educates officers for commissioning primarily into the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps.