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The Tennessee Smokies Have an A+ Sports Logo

In carousing my daily baseball websites, checking the latest in news and scores, I came across a minor league baseball team that got my attention. After doing a bit of research on this Double-A club, I think I may have found a new MiLB favorite! The Tennessee Smokies, of the Southern League, are the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. Their name (referencing the well-known Smoky Mountains) and their logo (possibly referencing the even more well-known Smokey Bear) make a great combination! Speaking of their logo, let’s take see this bad boy!
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Right off the bat, I see a bear with a bat. And it’s pretty awesome. The Smokies hit all the basics in this logo. A clearly defined mascot, the team name scripted across the image, and fantastic coloring. There’s even a hint of mountains and a forest in the background, on either side of the bear’s head. I think what’s even more interesting about this logo, is that there are some similarities with that of their Major League Baseball counterpart, the Chicago Cubs.
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Let’s start with the obvious. There are bears in both logos. What I find most interesting, and possibly ironic, about this is that the Minor League team has the grown up bear, while the Major League team has the little baby bear. It’s almost as if they should be switched, based on their position in the baseball rankings. Now, here’s my favorite part of the Tennessee Smokies logo. Do you see the red coloring in the background? It peaks through at the very top and very bottom of the image. Ok, now bear with me here (pun completely intended).
What if the Tennessee Smokies removed their bear, removed their forest and mountains, and removed their name? What’s left? Well, seeing the shape of that red coloring, I think we’d find a big, red “C” underneath! A big, red “C” as in the Chicago Cubs logo! When I first laid eyes on the Smokies logo, that was the first thing that jumped out at me. I thought it was fascinating that this “C” can be seen, whether it was designed intentionally or unintentionally. An A+ goes to the Tennessee Smokies, for an awesome logo design!
Here is the old logo that the Smokies had from 2000-2014. They went from a regular sports logo to an awesome sports logo. 
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Another A+ goes out to the Nashville Bootleggers, just like the Smokies, a Tennessee logo that was done right.
It is said that the term “Bootlegging” began during the Civil War. Soldiers would sneak liquor into their camps by hiding pint bottles in the boots underneath their trousers. Parts of Tennessee became famous for Bootlegging. In fact, Johnson City Tennessee was known as a hideout and a stopover point for Al Capone. Prohibition was lifted in 1933 and Tennessee Whiskey has been flourishing ever since. This Nashville sports logo is carrying a Tennessee Whiskey barrel instead of a football. We hope you enjoy our Nashville Bootleggers t-shirt, in fact, you can get the Bootleggers for a cheaper price by joining our T-shirt of the Month Club. Discount prices with free shipping plus a smile each month when you head to your mailbox. 
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Blake Cole
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Before They Were The Yankees, Red Sox and Cubs

With baseball season finally back, you have probably seen plenty of people sporting baseball caps of late. If you’re outside on a bright sunny day, odds are that you’ll run into someone wearing a Yankees, Red Sox, or Cubs hat. This much you know: those three franchises have been around for over 100 years each. But what you probably didn’t know? All three had remarkably different nicknames in the early 1900s.

Let’s start with the Yankees. They’ve had the same logo for almost their entire history. Well, other than their first two years of existence - 1901 – 1902 - when they were . . . the Baltimore Orioles. In 1903, the Orioles were bought and moved to Northern Manhattan in NYC. And then became . . . The Highlanders, using several variants of this logo over the next few years.
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The 1986 movie “Highlander” had the following tagline: “There can be only one.” That wouldn’t apply to 1903’s Highlanders. They’d change their nickname to “Yankees” in 1912, and the rest is history.

How about the Boston Red Sox? They were originally known as the “Boston American Baseball Club”, but since Boston also had a National League team at the time, locals called them the “Boston Americans”. “Americans”.
A much better nickname, especially for a historic city like Boston. Yet in 1908, the Americans changed their name to Red Sox. 

It’s time for a little tangent. Can we invent a time machine, go back to the late 19th and early 20th century, and ask why everyone was obsessed with socks?

The Cincinnati Reds broke into baseball as the Cincinnati “Red Stockings” in 1882. The Red Sox came to be in 1908. And the Chicago “White Stockings” - now White Sox – began playing in 1901. We can all appreciate a comfy pair of socks. But come on, we can think of more creative nicknames than that, right? 

Back then, apparently not. Before becoming known as the Cubs in 1903, Chicago’s national league squad spent 1898 – 1902 as the “Orphans”. 

Yes, arguably the most depressing name in the history of sports. Right now, stockings and socks don’t sound so bad.

We believe we’re a bit more creative than our turn of the 19th century brethren. Socks? Come on. Boston’s unique accent provide a much better nickname than the “Red Sox”.

We don’t have a suggestion to replace “The Orphans”. But since that nickname is such a Debbie Downer, why not just move the Cubs to Idaho and rename them the Taters?

Intimidating AND tasty, no?

We’re still working on a time machine to ask why the Yankees aren’t still the Highlanders, why the Red Sox aren’t the Americans, and how the Orphans were even thought of. Until then, we hope you enjoy our fabulous T-Shirts and remember, you can always join our t-shirt of the month club. A great reason to check the mail each month. 
Thanks as always for reading,

Paul Gallant
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