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Savannah Goes Bananas For Baseball

Last month, we learned that “America’s Pastime” is heading back to the gorgeous city of Savannah Georgia.  After the departure of the Class A Savannah Sand Gnats to Columbia South Carolina, there was a void to fill at historic Grayson Stadium which was built in 1926. To put that in perspective, Fenway Park is only 14 years older and Wrigley Field is only 12 years it’s elder.  In other words, baseball, Savannah Georgia and Grayson Park go hand in hand. 
 
In comes the Coastal Plain League, a collegiate invite only baseball league similar to the Cape Cod Baseball League and many others across the nation.  They needed a name so they teamed up with the Savannah Morning News to do a name our next team contest. This is quite common in the sports logo business, especially when it’s a fresh start because it creates chatter and gets people thinking. Most importantly, the community chose the name which creates even further embrace.
 
In a press conference, the team began by showing this video which reveals their new logo at the end.
 

The winner is The Savannah Bananas. 
 
 
Logo courtesy of sportslogos.net
 
 
The team hired on Studio Simon out of Louisville, KY to create the logo and they did a great job!  Here’s what we love about it. You don’t see many fruit logos so when you do, it’s unique and fun. It appeals to the kids and the name is a perfect rhyming match with the city. Normally, we would take points off because we think it’s important to tie in a logo with that areas rich history but The Savannah Bananas has to be in the top 5 for roll off your tongue names. 
 
Here are two of our baseball food logos, first the Dade City Kumquats.
 
 
 
And the Idaho Taters
 
 
 
It’s fun to create food logos that look like they are ready to jack one out of the park or in Idaho’s case, hit a “Tater”. Normally, we would take points off because we think it’s important to tie in a logo with that areas rich history but The Savannah Bananas has to be in the top 5 for roll off your tongue names. The green edging on the logo makes it stand out and the color scheme works for the logo and on merchandise. You can see from the social media reaction that people want this logo and that means it’s a winner.  
 
One last interesting aspect is that the Savannah Anchors and the Savannah Ports were also finalists. That is so great to see because our Savannah baseball logo we created fits that mold. It's the Savannah Seamen.
 
 
 

In 2013, Savannah was the 3rd busiest port in our country. We think our funny baseball t-shirt fits right in with what Savannah is all about. We’re psyched that baseball is back in Savannah and we’re excited to see the city once again support their baseball. C’mon, Let’s Go Bananas!!
 
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Gavin Spittle
Founder, Logo Lover, T-shirt Addict
Awesome Sports Logos

Ignore the Hate Norfolk, We Dig the new Tides Logo

I can hear the Taylor Swift catchy tune running through my head.  “Haters  Gonna Hate…”. This week, the Norfolk Tides, AAA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles unveiled their new logo along with some alternate lettering and logos. 
 
Tides GM Joe Gregory explained the change on the teams website. "We're excited to unveil a new look that has a unique character and fun personality. The series of logos embrace the nautical nature of our community, giving our organization a contemporary look and feel. It was important for us to update our logo with a modern design while maintaining the Norfolk Tides moniker that has become synonymous with family-friendly entertainment in this area for more than half a century."
 
So what’s the issue? They kept the nautical nature which is a huge part of Norfolk. They kept the name which has been part of baseball’s minor league history. Their attendance has been sputtering the last few years. A logo change was needed.  Let’s do a comparison for you to make the decision.
 
Here is the old logo.
 
 
 Logo courtesy of sportslogos.net
 

Here is the new logo
 
 
 
 
 
I like this logo. I think it’s more appealing for merchandise sales. As Joe Gregory points out, they kept the nautical theme which is a huge part of the Norfolk lifestyle.  I love unusual animals becoming sports logos. The Seahorse certainly falls in that category. I love the small change to the trident. Instead of being the typical three pronged, they morphed it into a sideways “N” while keeping the shape of the spear.  The primary colors of orange and green resemble those of the University of Miami which I’ve always found catchy. 
 
I also really like their away cap logo. It’s the Norfolk “N” wrapped in anchor chains. 
 
 
Picture courtesy of the Norfolk Tides
 
I honestly don’t understand why some are up in arms about this new logo. Clearly the old Tides wave logo wasn’t a huge merchandise hit. They are trying something new, something different and trying to strike gold like the El Paso Chihuahuas did with their new logo. The Team was proactive against the haters on social media and put together this video reading the mean tweets. 
 
 
Plus, let’s give credit on creativity. That wave logo had none. Norfolk is doing what our company Awesome Sports Logos is attempting to accomplish and that is to bring back the fun and creativity back to sports logos.
 
Ignore the hate Norfolk, you deserve to be applauded.
 
We also feature a nautical themed baseball, logo, the Savannah Seamen.
 
 
 
 
 
Nicknamed the “Hostess City of the South”, Savannah, Georgia is an important Atlantic seaport. In fact, as recently as 2009, Savannah was North America’s 4th largest seaport. Container ships pass each other daily in the Port of Savannah under the Talmadge Memorial Bridge.
 
So support our cause and pick up a Savannah Seamen t-shirt. That would be awesome!
 
Thanks as always for reading,
 
Gavin Spittle
Founder, Logo Lover, T-shirt Wearer
Awesome Sports Logos

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