Where Citi Field's 2013 All-Star Game Logo Ranks Among the Best of All Time
The Mets will host the 2013 All-Star Game, and earlier today they unveiled the logo for next year's Midsummer Classic on Twitter, with manager Terry Collins and players R.A. Dickey, David Wright and Johan Santana on hand for the event.
The logo was also unveiled outside of Citi Field in front of a small crowd (seen in the above picture) as Mets fans can begin getting excited now for what will be a terrific event next July.
With that unveiling, this is a great opportunity to look back at past All-Star Game logos, and here is a look at the best logos in the history of the game.
1938 All-Star Game at Crosley Field
The first All-Star Game took place in 1933, but the first year that the game had a logo accompanying it was 1938.
It was a simple one, as the Reds simply used their own logo and threw a blue star in the center of it, but it began the idea of All-Star Game logos and paved the way for the others to follow on this list.
The NL won the game 4-1 as they scored a run in the bottom of the first and led the entire way, shutting out the AL through the first eight innings.
RBI singles by Ernie Lombardi and Leo Durocher highlighted the scoring for the NL, while Joe Cronin drove in Joe DiMaggio for the AL's only run.
1956 All-Star Game at Griffith Stadium
The 1956 All-Star Game was held in our nation's capital, and it served as a memorial for Senators owner Clark Griffith, who had died in October of 1955.
Griffith was a Hall of Fame pitcher who spent eight seasons with the Cubs, going 237-146 with a 3.31 ERA over his 20-year playing career. He took over as owner of the Senators in 1920 and held that position until his death at the age of 85.
The NL won the game 7-3, as they scored at least one run in the third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
Four legends launched home runs in the game, as Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, Stan Musial and Willie Mays all went yard in what was a star-studded event.
1961 All-Star Game at Candlestick Park
The Giants kept their 1961 All-Star Game logo simple as far as color is concerned, with all of three different colors making up what is a rather simple logo.
However, they blended the Golden Gate Bridge background highlighting San Francisco with the bat and "Giants" baseball perfectly.
The game was a good one too, as the NL won on a walk-off RBI single by Roberto Clemente in the bottom of the 10th. The AL scored a run in the top of the inning, but the NL countered with two of their own to win.
The four players the NL sent to the plate in the final inning? Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Frank Robinson and Clemente. Not too shabby.
1966 All-Star Game at Busch Stadium
The 1966 All-Star Game logo was a simple one, featuring an outside view of Busch Stadium and simply spelling out "1966 All-Star Game: St. Louis" in plain white font.
However, the highlight of the design is the St. Louis arch encircling the entire thing, as it is a subtle detail that could be missed at first but really makes the logo.
The game was a pitcher's duel as far as All-Star Games are concerned, as the NL came away with a 2-1 victory in the 10th inning.
Maury Wills delivered the walk-off winner, scoring Tim McCarver with an RBI single to give the NL the victory. An RBI single from Ron Santo accounted for the other NL run, while the AL scored their only run when a wild pitch from Sandy Koufax plated Brooks Robinson.
1975 All-Star Game at County Stadium
Any inclusion of Beer Barrelman, the Brewers primary logo from 1970-1977, is always going to make for a good logo.
Setting the logo up to look like a baseball he has just hit is a nice touch, and while the Brewers colors are clearly represented the All-Star Game is clearly the focus of the logo.
The game was won 6-3 by the National League, as they struck for three runs in the top of the ninth against the Hall of Fame duo of Catfish Hunter and Rich Gossage.
Bill Madlock delivered a two-run single and Pete Rose capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly to give the National League a win.
1977 All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium
Most years, the host team will include their own logo, but the Yankees opted against doing that in 1977 and created a something special.
The "Big Apple" representation and the use of the generic American League and National League logos set on a backdrop that is the outline of Yankee Stadium is just an all-around great design.
The NL came away with a 7-5 victory, striking for two runs in the eighth inning to build a 7-3 lead and holding off an AL rally in the ninth inning for the win.
A two-run single by Dave Winfield proved to be the difference maker, and while George Scott's two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth made things interesting, it was not enough in the end.
1983 All-Star Game at Comiskey Park
For the 50th anniversary of the Midsummer Classic, the White Sox did a fantastic job highlighting the occasion with a golden "50th anniversary" logo at the center of everything.
They still managed to work in the now classic White Sox logo and blended it perfectly into the Chicago skyline for what turned out to be a great tribute to the All-Star Game.
The game ended up being a blowout, as the AL came away with a 13-3 victory on the strength of a seven-run third inning.
Atlee Hammaker gave up all seven runs in what was his only All-Star appearance over his mediocre 12-year career, as home runs by Jim Rice and Fred Lynn fueled the offensive explosion.
1998 All-Star Game at Coors Field
The prominent featuring of the Rocky Mountains on the All-Star Game logo was no surprise, but it still wound up looking really cool.
The changing of the MLB logo to Rockies colors was a neat touch, and overall it turned out as one of the best logos in All-Star Game history.
The game itself turned out to be the slug fest one would expect playing in Coors Field, as the AL came away with a 13-8 victory in a contest that had a total of 31 hits.
Roberto Alomar earned MVP honors, going 3-for-4 with a home run off of Trevor Hoffman in the seventh inning, as he also stole a base and scored two runs.
2008 All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium
In the final season before moving to their new stadium, the Yankees honored a ballpark that opened in 1923 and had as much history surrounding it as any in baseball.
The iconic white outfield frieze that adorned the logo was all that was related to the Yankees, but it was the perfect symbol of the legendary Yankee Stadium.
After a pregame ceremony that featured past Yankees greats, the AL went on to win what turned out to be a marathon game in the bottom of the 15th inning.
A sacrifice fly by Michael Young scored Justin Morneau to give the American League the victory, and J.D. Drew took home MVP honors for his game-tying two-run home run in the seventh inning.
2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field
The Mets logo for the 2013 All-Star Game is a perfect blend of the team's everyday logo which features the New York skyline and the symbolic bridge in the middle that represents the bringing together of all five boroughs.
While it is a take-off on the Mets logo, the All-Star Game is still the clear focus as it blends the event and the Mets logo together very well.
This past season, David Wright and R.A. Dickey represented the Mets in the All-Star Game, and it is always interesting to see the hometown player aspect of the Midsummer Classic.