Michigan State University


The first “Sparty” appeared in 1945 in the form of a terra cotta statue, representing a human-like warrior. Although the likeness of a Spartan mascot began to appear in different forms after 1926 as a broad-chinned, muscular warrior, the actual costumed mascot did not become a reality until 1989; making Sparty rather young in the mascot world. The first costumed mascot was introduced to fans during the 1989 football season.