Hugo Bezdek shakes hands with lion

Hugo Bezdek shakes hands with lion

Archive photo of Hugo Bezdek shaking hands with the lion

Football coach Hugo Bezdek shakes hands with the Nittany Lion mascot in this undated image, shot in the 1920s. Early iterations of the Nittany Lion mascot included a mane. The "man in the suit" here most likely is Richard Hoffman, who was the first Nittany Lion mascot from 1921-23; but it also could be Leon Skinner, who was mascot for only a single season in 1927.

IMAGE: Penn State University Archives
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