Sports History Saturday — Controversial Team Mascots (and related history)

Washington Redskins


Since we are in the middle of football season (my favorite time of the year, sports-wise!), I thought I’d do a little research on a topic that’s in the news today – the controversy about the use of the name “Washington Redskins”.  I found some interesting information.

First, a bit of history about the football team.  On July 9, 1932 the city of Boston, Massachusetts was awarded a football franchise, owned by George Preston Marshall, Vincent Bendix, Jay O’Brien and Dorland Doyle.  In the beginning the team took on the same name as the baseball team, the Boston Braves (a common practice back then to share team names apparently).  After a losing first season all investors except Marshall dropped out.  Under his sole ownership, the team moved to Fenway Park, sharing the field with the Boston Red Sox.

Lone Star Dietz

It has been said that Marshall changed the name of the team to “Redskins” to honor then-coach Lone Star Dietz, who was thought to be at least part Sioux Indian.  Here is where the story gets interesting – Dietz, as it turns out, was quite a colorful character – and not without controversy himself.

I ran across an author, Tom Benjey, who wrote a book about Lone Star and I will check to see if I can find a copy or at least find a good synopsis of the book.  I will do more research this coming week and hopefully finish (or at least continue) the story of Lone Star Dietz next Saturday.

So this week’s Saturday blog is a “teaser” – stay tuned and I’ll finish the story next week.  In the meantime, let’s discuss.

Discussion Topics:

  • What do you think about the controversy of Native American team mascot names?
  • Is it political correctness going too far?
  • Do you know anyone of Native American ethnicity who is offended by the use of Native American names?

Everyone have a great day — some day it will be history!


  1. Learn something new every day. Rootin for TTU today!

  2. Tired of all the political correctness.

    • Me too … definitely way, way, way out of hand.


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