The Oglethorpe University baseball program started in 1915 and Al Wingo was their first player to make it to the Major League level. Names that appear on the chart above in bold print are in the Oglethorpe University Hall of Fame.
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In March 2002, ESPN's David Lloyd named the Stormy Petrel as one of the most memorable college mascot names of all time, second only to the Banana Slugs of UC Santa Cruz. What exactly is a Stormy Petrel:
The Stormy Petrel
Oglethorpe University's mascot is the Stormy Petrel, affectionately called "Petey" by our students. It is said that the stormy petrel is the inspiration for Oglethorpe's motto: Nescit Cedere, translated as "He does not know how to give up."
Why a Stormy Petrel?
A stormy petrel is a seabird, commonly found on the Eastern seaboard, and known for flying low to the ocean to look for food. Dr. Thornwell Jacobs, Oglethorpe University's president from 1915-1943, chose the Stormy Petrel as the school's mascot. According to legend, James Oglethorpe was inspired by the courage of the small, gutsy bird as it dove in and out of the crashing ocean waves as he crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 1732.
Source: Oglethorpe University Webpage (link).
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