HAPPY 56th BIRTHDAY SAMMY!
On December 14th, 1959, during a basketball game the first ever Sammy the BearKat mascot costume was unveiled. In the years since then Sammy has undergone many changes to his appearance to morph into the Sammy the BearKat we know today.
This article from The Houstonian, 10/7/2003, gives a good overview of the various Sammy’s over the years.
To find out more about Sammy the BearKat come and visit the University Archives in room 400 of the Newton Gresham Library.