Ball State...Hoosieroons?

Photo Courtesy of Ball State University Archives

Ball State's "Chirp Chirp" with accompanying hand motion is well known throughout the state of Indiana. What may not be as well known is that the school's mascot hasn't always been the Cardinals.

According to a 1927 Ball State Newspaper article, the Cardinals were known as the Hoosieroons. Yes, we're not joking: The Hoosieroons. That unique name stuck until 1927, when Athletic Director Billy Williams decided it was time for a change. He put it up to a vote with the student body, and they chose to change the name to the Cardinals.

So, next time you say "Chirp Chirp!" at a fellow Ball State fan, be sure to take a moment and thank ol' Billy.

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