History of the Hamline Piper In the early 1920's, Hamline athletics were becoming increasingly 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 name of the Red and Gray. Suggestions came in, among them Red Sox, Red Legs, and Cardinals. But the suggestion that caught on was The Pipers, taken from Robert Browning's poem "The Pied Piper of Hamelin." Ever since, Hamline has been proud to call The Piper our official mascot. Mascot Costume Timeline Throughout the years, the mascot's design has changed substantially, but students have always been eager to show their school spirit by bringing the Piper to life. Mascot Illustration Timeline The graphic version of the Piper has undergone even more changes than his costumed counterpart. Below are a few examples of the illustrated Piper.