Pick a Peck of Pipers In the early 1920's, Hamline athletics were quite successful and in 1922 a new athletic field with a stadium and track, known as New Norton Field was completed. As interest in the teams grew, the St. Paul Pioneer Press-Dispatch writers felt that a new team name was needed to replace the traditional and honored name of the "Red and Gray". Suggestions came in, among them "Red Sox", Red Legs", and "Cardinals". But the suggestions that caught on was "Pipers," taken from Robert Browning's poem "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" and submitted by a woman resident of the community who had no connection with the college. Throughout the years, students have shown their school spirit by bringing the Piper to life.