Rome, Italy and Sports in the USA

Hi friends, What is the connection many schools, religious figures, the NFL, MLB, and the state of Kentucky have to Rome, Italy? The Northern Cardinal.

When early settlers from England to North America saw a bird with bright red feathers they were reminded of the scarlet outfits worn by Roman Catholic officials.

The St. Louis baseball team was founded in 1875 and named after the Cardinal in 1900.

On February 26, 1926 the “Cardinal” was chosen to be Kentucky’s State Bird.

The “Cardinal” is the mascot for the Arizona football team which started in 1922 as the Chicago Cardinals named after a team in Racine, Wisconsin.

It is easy to understand why the bird has become a popular mascot for so many schools, teams and a State. The bird is simply beautiful.