The History of BEVO
The idea to use a live longhorn as the university's mascot is attributed to UT alumnus Stephen Pinckney in 1916. Pinckney gathered $124 from other alumni to purchase a steer in the Texas Panhandle and then had it shipped to Austin.
The steer made his first public appearance at the halftime of the 1916 Thanksgiving Day football game between Texas and archrival the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (later Texas A&M University), a game in which Texas defeated the Aggies 22–7.
The most well known story on campus states that during a late night visit to Austin, a group of Texas Aggie pranksters branded the University’s mascot ”13-0,” the score of the football game won by Texas A&M. In order to save face, UT students altered the brand to read “BEVO” by changing the “13” to a “B,” the “-“ to an “E,” and inserting a “V” between the dash and the “O.” For years, Aggies have proudly touted the stunt as the reason the steer acquired his name.
There have been fourteen Bevos to date. The most recently retired Bevo was Bevo XIII, which like the current Bevo was supplied to the University by John T. Baker, owner of the Sunrise Ranch in Liberty Hill, Texas.
- The Daily Texan