The Birth of Pat Patriot now open
8/21/16 12:00 PM
The Hall's newest exhibit -- The Birth of Pat Patriot -- opened September 2, 2016. The exhibit focuses on cartoonist Phil Bissell's creation of the original Pat Patriot logo and his many drawings used on Patriots game programs throughout the 1960s.
While the logo was adopted in 1960, the team did not wear it on its helmet until 1961, instead opting for Walter Pingree's tri-cornered hat drawing as its logo for the inaugural season.
"We are excited to look back on Pat's creation," Hall executive director Bryan Morry said. "Phil Bissell created such an iconic figure and while the original drawing has been tweaked over the years to form what is the current version of Pat, it all started with Bissell's original drawing back in 1960."
Bissell, who was a cartoonist for the Boston Globe, created the original Pat drawing for the Globe. Upon seeing the drawing in publication, Patriots owner Billy Sullivan reached out to Bissell to secure the revolutionary soldier hiking a football as the team's logo.
"Phil is an iconic figure himself," Morry added. "He was gracious enough to come down and do an interview for us that is a featured part of the exhibit. His character and charisma live in that original Pat drawing, and we are so proud to work with him to preserve this part of team history in an entertaining and educational way."
Bissell created the game program covers for several years using humor and creativity to create original artwork. He recently published the book Patspa, in which he shares the story about how he became a cartoonist and created Pat.
The exhibit will be on display until the summer of 2017.