Colts galloped away with 1947 team name game QUOTH THE PUBLIC: THE RAVEN

August 27, 1993|By Tara Finnegan | Tara Finnegan,Contributing Writer

Somehow, back in 1947, the mascot Colts outran Foxes, Crabs, Bivalves and White Elephants to become the name of Baltimore's new professional football franchise.

Out of 1,887 entries and 660 different names, Colts had a certain ring to it that Free Staters, Calverts, Rebels, Blades and Blackjacks simply didn't have.

Colts was announced as the franchise's name on Friday, Feb. 7, 1947. A committee formed of local sportscasters, reporters and businessmen held a contest that enabled the fans to select the team's name.

Three people submitted the name Colts, but after reading all the letters accompanying the entries, the committee selected Charles Evans of Middle River as the contest's overall winner.

"My suggestion for a name is Colts, as Baltimore is the youngest club in the league," Evans wrote in his letter. "Also Maryland is noted for her fine racehorses. It is also a short, easily pronounced name. My dough is riding on the Colts to be a winner."

For winning the contest, Evans was awarded a $50 savingbond, a pair of season tickets on the 50-yard line, a large console radio/phonograph, a six-way floor lamp and an All-America Conference football, which was to be autographed by the Colts players and staff.

Since Jerry McDade and Maxine Agnes Cox also picked the winning name, each received a $50 savings bond and a pair of season tickets on the 50-yard line.

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