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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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