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Sports Logo Spotlight on the USA World Baseball Classic

The World Baseball Classic is underway. Every four years, we see nations from all across the globe gather together to enjoy America’s favorite pastime. Speaking of America, the United States has put together one impressive roster for the WBC.

Chris Archer, Sonny Gray, J.A. Happ, Andrew Miller and Marcus Stroman highlight the pitchers that are representing the red, white and blue. Giancarlo Stanton, Andrew McCutchen, Ian Kinsler and Nolan Arenado are a few of the key position players on Team USA. With names like this, the United States appears poised to be able to take home the Championship.

Of course, here at Awesome Logos, we would be remiss to not mention the Team USA logo. In comparison to the other countries participating in the WBC, America clearly has the best look. Maybe we’re a little biased, but the truth is the truth! Let’s take a look at what the United States brings to the table, as far as their logo is concerned.

 
Logo courtesy of sportslogos.net 

Beautiful and simple. Two outstanding qualities for a sports logo. And the US has both! This logo has been in place for Team USA since 2006. The interlocking “US” lettering breaks the monotony of traditional side-by-side lettering. It is similar to the interlocking lettering found in the logos of the San Diego Padres, Colorado Rockies and Chicago White Sox.

At the background of the logo, we see a silver star. The star has been an important image in American history. As our current flag contains 50 stars, for each of the 50 states, the Team USA logo has just one star. It represents the unity and solidarity of the team, as players from 50 states can come together as one. The star is trimmed in red, the same red representing valor and hardiness in the American flag.

All in all, this Team USA logo is AWESOME! And the lineup the team has put together is just as impressive. Be sure to watch Team USA take on other countries from around the world, and bring the Championship back to the land of the free and the home of the brave!

What better way to show off your love for the game of baseball, and your respect for the soldiers who make this country the land of the free and the home of the brave, than with our Dallas Doughboys tee!

A Doughboy is a term used to describe an American soldier. This term dates all the way back to the Mexican American War that focused around Texas. Some say it originated because many noticed that U.S. forces were constantly covered with chalky dust from marching through the dry terrain of Northern Mexico making the men look like unbaked dough. There are many other theories on the nickname, including how the infantry baked with rice and dough during war rations.

Either way, these guys were much tougher than the popular biscuit maker seen on commercials. There are some real cool features about this logo including a rifle that is actually a bat. We love the history and the look of this awesome Dallas sports t-shirt!

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Logo Spotlight on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

There are few Major League Baseball teams with the unique variety of past logos that the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have. They have had ten logo changes since their beginning. Today we’ll focus on four of them. But first, we get in an Angels mood with the best player in the MLB, Mike Trout. 
 


The Halos, as they are so rightfully nicknamed, were established in 1961 as an expansion team. Their original owner, the great Gene Autry, bought the name
Angels from a Minor League team in the Pacific Coast League. Their initial emblem was pretty on-par with other 60s era sports logos.
 


Logos Courtesy of SportsLogos.net 

This particular image was pretty busy, featuring several different images and meanings to look at. The background of the logo was a green diamond, representing the baseball field. Layered just above that, was the standard baseball image with a golden, or yellow, halo above it. Feathered wings sprout from each side of the baseball, appearing cocked and ready to take flight. And to top it all off, in red lettering, the script “LA” stands front and center of the whole thing.

As the team evolved, the logos had to evolve with them. In 1965, the team was renamed to the California Angels, as they prepared to play in a new city in the upcoming season. As they team moved to Anaheim, and changed their name, a new logo was much needed. Instead of completely revamping the entire image, the Halos changed the letter “L” to the letter “C” for California. A handful of years later, the Angels did end up changing their entire logo, better representing their new California Angels name.


This logo definitely follows my No. 1 rule of simplicity. As seen with this new image, there is an outline of The Golden State as the background. The same golden, or yellow, halo adorns the top left corner of the California state outline. And in the middle, running slanted with the shape of the state, we see the red lettering “Angels” standing out above all else. And not to go unnoticed, a red star pinpoints the city of Anaheim.

In 1997, the Walt Disney Company took control of the team. They extensively renovated the stadium, and the city of Anaheim contributed $30 million of the $118 million cost. They had a condition though, and that involved another renaming. The requirement was that the stadium and the team had to contain the city name. As such, the Angels were renamed the Anaheim Angels and a new logo was to come.


This logo is one of my personal favorites of the Angels past. Crossed bats sit at the back of the image, with a light blue home plate layered just over them. At the top edge of home plate, the newly added city name rests in white lettering. “Anaheim” is spelled out, meeting the city’s requirement for the stadium renovations. The word “Angels” received a new font, making it much more appealing to the eye. The lettering is slanted slightly upwards to the right, as if it is getting bigger towards the end. My favorite part of this image is the wing. I love the fact that the club worked wings back into the look, seeing a much more modern version of the feathered wing adjacent to the “A” in Angels.

One last logo change was to come for the Halos, and that was in 2005. New owner Arturo Moreno wanted another name change, adding “Los Angeles” back into the name. He was hoping to reach the LA fan base from the team’s past, and spread to a wider demographic. In fact, Los Angeles is the second largest market in the United States. I don’t blame him for trying to tie in the city. However, Moreno had to keep the city of Anaheim’s requirement as well. As such, the team was named the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. There was a backlash with this renaming, from the city of Anaheim most especially. The city took the matter to court, opposing having Los Angeles in the name. Courts favored Moreno in the matter, and the new name stuck. And of course, with a new name came a new logo. That’s the Angels logo we all know and love today.


This image is short and sweet. It’s the ideal, simple design that makes logos great. A firm, bold letter “A” is the forefront of the image. Interpret it as you please. The “A” could stand for Angels, Angeles (the city of LA), or of course, Anaheim. Either way, all parties should be pleased in the lettering. Though this image doesn’t feature the wings that I personally find awesome, the brought back the halo. It’s probably best to have the halo in the long run, as it attributes to the amazing nickname “Halos” that the fans love so much.

Even though the state of California has several Major League Baseball teams, our favorite California logo comes from the California Crazy Eights.

 

Have you ever wondered why there isn’t more Octopus sports logos? Well there is now! Awesome Sports Logos is proud to introduce the California Crazy Eights (also known as the California Ocho Locos). Off the coast of the Golden State on the Pacific Ocean floor is an eight-legged creature that is truly fascinating. Most common is the California Two-Spot Octopus. In case you’re ever asked to identify a Two-Spot, just point out... well, never mind, no one will ask you.

We love this cool California t-shirt. This octopus means business. Only two tentacles are occupied with a ball and a bat, and that means you better keep an eye on the other six!

This super-soft tee would make a great gift for any baseball fan, especially now that Spring Training is here! You could even buy it for yourself, and at a discount too! Add this tee to your t-shirt of the month club subscription, and get amazing discounts and regular deliveries!

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Thoughts on the New Spring Training Logo Caps

Now that the football season is over, sports fans can look forward to Major League Baseball. Spring Training is finally here, and teams have announced their kits for the Cactus League and Grapefruit League. MLB has found a great revenue source with Spring Training gear, specifically their baseball caps. Whether you like them or not, you have to hand it to Major League Baseball. All of the cap and other gear are available at MLBShop.com. In my opinion, the logos that some of the teams decided to use are amazing while others fell a little short. SportsLogos.net put out a great article featuring some of the Spring Training caps that are going to be used this year. I want to take a look at a couple of these cap logos that the Major League teams should think about implementing as their primary logos.

First off, we have the Seattle Mariners. Now, this team needs improvement on their primary logo in a desperate way. Once I saw their Spring Training look, I was shocked. It’s absolutely AWESOME!

 
Hat Photo Courtesy of MLBShop.com 
 
This logo is a throwback to their previous trident logo, which ran from 1981 to 1986. It’s a modern, revitalized reworking of that look from the 80s. This thing is just phenomenal. The trident is upside down, giving their clear resemblance of the letter “M” for Mariners. What a fantastic way to make a logo represent the actual team name, and what the team name means. A mariner is a sailor, and the team should honor that with a clear logo of the sea. Nothing does that better than this trident, the featured weapon of Poseidon, Greek God of the sea. Seattle should make this their permanent logo (again). Now let’s touch on a team that went the wrong direction with their Spring Training logo. And that’s the Tampa Bay Rays.
 
Hat Photo Courtesy of MLBShop.com 

Now the Rays didn’t really have a drastic change, like the Mariners did. Tampa Bay already uses their sunburst logo on their regular season hats. For Spring Training, the logo has a bit of a tweak, and is placed in the powder blue ballcap. Honestly, the sunburst doesn’t say much about the Rays. It doesn’t let you know who they are, or where they are from. Probably a stretch saying the sunburst “resembles a ray of sunshine”. But let’s face it, that’s a stretch. The team really needs an improvement on the image they are going to carry on their hat. If you have any ideas on what they could use, drop them in the comments below!

We at Awesome Sports Logos have our own two logos for the Grapefruit League.

First up, the Boca Raton Cougars

 

This minor league baseball team is named after the ferocious animal called the cougar. The overpopulation of cougars is prevalent mostly in the upscale Boca Raton neighborhoods. You can find cougars in shopping areas during the day, but mostly they are nocturnal beasts working the bar and club scene stalking their prey. They are ferocious except when they are on our super funny Boca Raton sports t-shirt. That’s when ferocity turns into awesomeness.

Next up it’s the Dade City Kumquats

 

This citrus cousin of the Grapefruit fits in perfectly. You know this fruit is swinging for the fences and not a slap hitter. This logo name is a tribute to the Dade City Kumquat festival held each January. Go Kumquats!

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Sports Logo Spotlight On the Historic New York Yankees

The New York Yankees have been one of the most successful sports franchises in the entire world. With 18 division titles, 40 American League pennants and 27 World Series Championships, the New York Yankees have dominated Major League Baseball. Some of the best players to have ever played the game of baseball have called Yankee Stadium home. In fact, there are 44 Yankees players and 11 Yankees managers in the baseball Hall of Fame. These include Babe RuthLou GehrigJoe DiMaggioMickey Mantle, and Yogi Berra. Of all the things one could speak to in regards to the New York Yankees, there is nothing more historic than the club’s traditional, interlocked “NY” logo.

 
 
Logos courtesy of sportslogos.net 

The consistency of their logo, and their numerous successes, have led to the New York Yankees being one of the most popular and most recognizable sports franchises. Since officially becoming the Yankees, back in 1913, the club has had eight different variants of the interlocked “NY” logo. They have all been mostly the same, with a few tweaks here and there.

In addition to their “NY” ball cap logo, they have another awesome image.

 
 
The bat and ball logo has been around since 1947. It’s had one reworking, in 1968, but has essentially remained the same. I absolutely love the baseball background, with the bat strategically placed as the line of the letter “K” in the word Yankees. The script being cursive adds some flair, which is a nice break from the more traditionally seen block lettering. And of course, Uncle Sam’s hat sitting on top of the bat seals the deal. It’s patriotic and symbolic. It sends a subliminal message that the Yankees are the “America’s Team” of Major League Baseball.
 
If you are looking for a little more Yankees history of a different kind, here are the best WAG’s in Bronx Bombers history and they have some good ones. 
 
 
 We have our own logo from the Empire State, and that’s the New York Zouaves!
 
 
 
The name Zouave actually comes from Algeria and was first used by the French army as they recruited military from the Zouaoua tribe. Zouaves are distinguished by their uniforms which included short open-fronted jackets, baggy trousers and often sashes and oriental headgear.

The New York Zouaves also known as the 11th New York Infantry took on the Zouaves name, uniforms and drill style during the Civil War. These volunteers actually started fighting immediately occupying Alexandria, Virginia just 24 hours after the state succeeded from the Union.

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The Sports Illustrated Cover Curse Is Real

I know it’s hard to believe but back before the World Wide Web, we used to huddle to read our favorite magazines, one of which was Sports Illustrated.

When I found out that one of my favorite teams or athletes were on the cover, I ran to my corner store, (I really did run, too young for a car) to pick up SI.  Then I heard about the Sports Illustrated cover curse.

Earlier this year, the New York Times did a great recap of the curse and several sports moments that took a turn after the cover came out. The article includes Pete Rose’s chase for the DiMaggio’s ending after he appeared on the cover. Tom Brady hits the 2008 Sports Illustrated cover for their NFL preview. In week 1, he tears up his MCL and ACL for the first and only major injury in his NFL career. This is a terrific article that dives into the curse. You can read it here.

 Here are a few of the most recent curses that I’ve noticed.

 

 Covers courtesy of Sports Illustrated

After beating the Rangers in a thrilling five game series in 2015 this cover hit the day after. The Blue Jays got hit themselves immediately by the Kansas City Royals who went on to become World Champions.

How about the Houston Astros to start this baseball season? Sports Illustrated not only put them on the cover, they sped up their rebuilding and said that the Astros will win the World Series.

 

I think the Cubs and Indians would disagree with this prediction as I write this. The Astros failed to make the playoffs and were a huge disappointment to many. They started 7-17 and played catch up the rest of the way finishing just above .500 with 84 wins.

That brings us to the latest cover and if you are an Oklahoma City Thunder fan, you are not going to like this.

 
 

Hopefully Russell Westbrook stays healthy but if something happens, you know the fingers would be pointing towards this cover. 

The flip side is that Sports Illustrated has put out thousands of covers over the years where nothing has happened. That said, no one remembers the Michael Jordan misses at the buzzer, only the numerous game winning shots. Thus is the case here with the SI cover.  That said, I’m a superstitious guy so if I was an athlete, I’d stay away.

One thing that athletes aren’t superstitious about is wearing our Awesome Sports Logos t-shirts.  Check out pitcher Derek Holland looking good in our Cocksville Blockers awesome t-shirt.

 

 Here is former pitcher Mike Bacsik looking good in several of our t-shirts.

 
 
 
 

Three time Super Bowl Champion Ted Johnson had some fun with me wearing our El Paso Luchadores t-shirt. Thank goodness we had his size.

You certainly don’t need to be an athlete to wear our t-shirts.  In fact, all of us arm chair Quarterbacks look good. Grab yourself some awesome and remember, we offer even more savings with our t-shirt of the month club.

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Sports Logo Review of the 2017 MLB All Star Game

The 2017 MLB All Star Logo is out and we are impressed. For Sports Logo designers, a design centered around Miami opens up so many possibilities. The various colors, cultures and flavor make the “Magic City” unique.  So here’s what they came up with:


 There are so many things I love about this logo. First and foremost, they did a great job honoring the host team, the Miami Marlins. They used the primary colors of the team and at first glance, it looks like a slick star. As you look at the top of the logo, the star turns into the shape of a Marlin. I’ll admit, I didn’t see it at first glance and I love it when logos can fit in what we call a “hidden image”. The letter shadowing with the brighter colors is also a nice touch.

Sometimes a sponsor image can take away from the primary part of a logo but that’s not the case here. The colors of MasterCard fit in nicely with the rest of the colors and I also like the lower case on the name.

The MLB Primary Logo slides in nicely and doesn’t catch the eyes immediately. I like it because the focus isn’t on the league, it’s on the host city.

High marks to the 2017 MLB All Star Logo. This logo celebrates Miami as well as the Miami Marlins.

While we don’t have a logo yet for Miami, we do have two baseball logos from the great state of Florida.

If you head up Interstate 95 about 45 minutes you’ll hit the city of Boca Raton. If you cruise Mizner Park, you might catch a Cougar or two coming out of a shop but these predators mostly hit the bar scene at night. Introducing, the Boca Raton Cougars Baseball Club.

 

I love silhouette logos and I wanted to create a logo that celebrates the beautiful animal and also the beautiful woman that has created the world famous nickname. We have two ladies holding baseball bats and the Cougars lettering has a paw scratch through it.  Go Cougars!!

Our second logo hails from Dade City. Every January, 40,000 people descend on this area for the one-day Dade City Kumquat Festival. Who would have thought a kumquat would attract so many people?

 

A kumquat is in the citrus family and looks like an orange, but it’s the size of an olive. Our logo designer Matt did a great job making the leaves into arms. This Kumquat looks like it’s ready to hit a fastball out of the park.

I love food sports logos. Some of my favorites include the Savannah Bananas, the Normal CornBelters and one of our own, the Idaho Taters.

Okay, I admit it, I just love sports logos and hopefully you share my passion. Thanks to all of you for your support of Awesome Sports Logos. We continue to have people sign up for our T-shirt of the Month Club and that is awesome. Unlike other t-shirt clubs who send you their choice each month, you get to choose your favorite shirts. We include free shipping and it’s a cheaper way to buy our shirts. The best part, you have a smile on your face when you open your mailbox.

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