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Major League Baseball has officially begun. And what’s one of the best things about that? Minor League Baseball is starting as well! There’s nothing like watching the future superstars of the big league clubs. Fans go to MiLB games and get a glimpse of the talent that is bound for their Major League club. And while these prospects are battling it out, they are sporting some of the most awesome logos in the sports industry. One Minor League Baseball logo that we love, belongs to the Frisco RoughRiders.

In fact, the RoughRiders garnered a lot of viral attention today offering Phil Simms a position in their broadcast booth now that the Super Bowl MVP has been moved aside by CBS to make room for Tony Romo.

The RoughRiders are the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Unlike some MiLB teams that are a long distance from their MLB parent organization, Frisco’s stadium is just 35 miles from Globe Life Park in Arlington. This allows the RoughRiders fans to get a look at Major League players, as the Rangers often send players to Frisco on rehab assignments, since the club is so close. In 2002, the RoughRiders unveiled their team name and logo. "The Rough Riders" was the name bestowed by the American press on the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment during the Spanish–American War, headed by to-be American President Theodore Roosevelt. The team was named after a historical division in order to comply with the tradition of the major league affiliate, the Texas Rangers, who were named after the Texas Ranger Division.

Let’s take a look at the original Frisco RoughRiders logo.

 


 
Logos Courtesy of SportsLogos.net 

The image represents the club’s namesake very well. Here, we see a cowboy riding a horse, with the team name scripted above. I’m not a big fan of the font here. It seems like it could have been styled to be read easier. I love the horse. It’s charging forward, reared up. The display is an obvious sign of strength and fortitude. The redesign for the 2015 season looks even better than what we see here.


And here is a close up of the new logo

 

 

This logo is awesome! We mentioned how the RoughRiders got their name, and here we see Teddy Roosevelt himself! Teddy has a great look and he’s swinging away with a fine piece of wood. Next to Roosevelt, we have the team name scripted in a much improved font. It is way easier to read, now that the lettering is a bit more spaced out. “Frisco” is donned in blue, and the cursive style seems to flow quite nicely. “RoughRiders” is show in red, and flows just as easy as the city name. One important thing to notice here, is how “Rough” flows right into “Riders” seamlessly. That’s by no mistake. RoughRiders is written as one word, even though it is often mistakenly split into two words. I love the detail of using stars to dot the letter “i” in each of the words. It’s fitting for a team located in the Lone Star State.

Overall, the Frisco RoughRiders have a well-built, solid logo.

Now that baseball season is in full-swing, you need a new t-shirt to represent your love for America’s Pastime. There is no better look than that of our most awesome baseball tee, the Middleton Fingers!

 

This was our contest winning entry sent in by Lee B. in California. This is an awesome name Lee! We proudly present the Middleton, Mississippi Fingers. There are many Middleton’s in the United States. We could give you a fancy explanation and try to spin it but let’s just say if we did an alternate logo of the Fingers, it would be for the birds.

 

Middleton is actually an extinct town and has been for a while. We think this logo is so creative yet so simple. Huge props to our designer Matt on this one! This is one funny Middleton, MS sports logo t-shirt that will have people laughing when they see it! Add this super soft tee, and any of our other awesome shirts, to your wardrobe today! If you sign up for our t-shirt of the month club, you can have a new tee on your doorstep at the first of every month!

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The Frisco RoughRiders Hit a Grand Slam With Their New Logo

The Frisco RoughRiders came into professional baseball existence in 2003 when they affiliated with the Texas Rangers as their double-A farm team. Born with a brand new, beautiful ballpark under the direction of then-ownership group, Mandalay, the RoughRiders were thought of as one of Minor League Baseball’s top organizations—a poster child for how to do things right. I always liked their logo, but by no means fell madly in love with it.

 
Frisco Old Logo
 
 
 
 
 
I was also ignorant to its particular significance. For the first time since their inception, first-year owner Chuck Greenberg and his group decided to change things up. In advance of their 2015 campaign, one of minor league baseball's flagship organizations, the Frisco RoughRiders, revealed a new identity. Club officials, season-ticketholders, community dignitaries, and members of the media gathered inside Cinemark Theatres of Frisco Square for a special unveiling.
 
New RoughRiders Primary Logo 
 

 Frisco Logos courtesy of sportslogos.net

 
The change in identity aimed to celebrate the legendary Teddy Roosevelt. So, what's the connection? Well, do a little research on our nation's 26th President (who began his term immediately after the assassination of President William McKinley), and you'll realize the connection is quite strong.
 
New RoughRiders Alternate Logo 
 
 
 

Pardon me for not being the world's biggest history buff and having to use my friend, Google, but according to WhiteHouse.gov, Roosevelt organized the "Rough Rider Regiment," the first volunteer cavalry in the United States, which originated in Texas. Further detailing the ties--and this is so cool, by the way--MiLB.com elaborated: "Many of the Rough Riders were from the areas currently known as the cities of Frisco, Plano, and McKinney."

I always talk about how the great logos have that special connection with their city, region, or state. Some do. Some don't. I don't know that any have a stronger connection than this one. When you combine the significance of the person you are honoring with the fact that your nickname connects to a notable achievement of his AND it all originated in not just the state, but the city where you play, that's pretty awesome!

According to the RoughRiders, their new colors are technically "Scorched red, cream, slate blue, and Texas Navy," which represents "an early-twentieth century take on America's patriotic palette." Again, when you can tie things together, you are winning in a big way.

The lettering has a very classic script that sticks well with the twentieth-century theme. Instead of a dot, the "i" in Frisco and Riders is punctuated by a Lone Star State star, which is another touch that I really like.

As far as the main graphic of Teddy Roosevelt, I think it was really well done. It has the perfect mix of simple detail, sport-relevance, and, for minor league baseball, humor. I mean, come on, a smiling, bat-swinging former President? How is that not gold?

The simple detail is present from the overalls with a star-studded base to the spur/cowboy boot combo paired with the cowboy hat. In an age where everyone seems to love the mustache, they went with mustache Teddy. Oh, and instead of batting gloves, the worker gloves are there, too.

At the end of the day, this is one of the best, most genius logos in professional sports.

As I mentioned earlier in this blog, I love logos that tie to the region and that’s what I love about Awesome Sports Logos. All of our baseball sports logos tie into the region. The Idaho Taters, the Middleton Fingers, The Decorah Trolls, The Boca Raton Cougars are just a few of our awesome t-shirts that tie in baseball to some notable history in their region. Don’t forget, you can get all of these t-shirts at a sweet discount by joining our Awesome Sports Logos t-shirt of the month club.

Opening day is just over a month away. Now that’s awesome!

Thanks as always for reading,

 Jared Sandler

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