The 50 Worst Logos in Baseball History

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistMay 16, 2011

The 50 Worst Logos in Baseball History

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    While a team's logo has no effect on the outcome of the game, it is the symbol that represents the team and something that everyone associates with it.

    Fans put a good deal of stock in the team's logo, as they are the ones buying merchandise and clothing with the logo on it, and having a ridiculous logo is certainly going to limit T-shirt sales, if nothing else.

    Today's logos have become fairly boring, but luckily, baseball has a lengthy history and has certainly had its fair share of impressively bad logos through the years.

    A thanks to Chris Creamer's website, www.sportslogos.net, which is by far the most comprehensive database of logos on the Internet and made this article much easier.

    So here are the 50 worst baseball logos, 20 from the minor leagues and 30 from the major leagues. Sit back and enjoy some laughably bad logos.

Clinton LumberKings (2005-Present)

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    With a name like the LumberKings, the team certainly had an opportunity to get creative when it came to the logo. Dotting the "i" with a baseball and putting a crown on it is not exactly my idea of thinking outside the box.

    Nothing overly wrong with this logo, just a really boring missed opportunity.

Reading Phillies (2008-2012)

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    The logo itself is boring, as there is really nothing special about it, but it's the nickname that makes it so bad. It's not clever at all and doesn't sound good. All in all, the name and logo could both use an overhaul.

Everett AquaSox Alternate (2010-Present)

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    I understand that when you are called the AquaSox, you have limited options as far as what you make your logo, but why the weird, three-toed socks that look like they were made for a frog?

    The logo is original, but just a little too weird to not be bad.

Indianapolis Indians (1998-Present)

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    The Pirates Triple-A affiliate, the Indians logo is just plain weird, and when you throw in the fact that if you look long enough at it, there is a face in there, it takes the weird scale up a notch or two.

Jupiter Hammerheads (2003-Present)

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    The High Single-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins, the Hammerheads have done a nice job incorporating the big-league team's colors into their logo. However, the shark is a seedy-looking character, like the guy you see in cartoons leaning against a pole flicking a coin in the air to himself.

    Also, the shark is not a hammerhead, which seems like a rather glaring mistake.

El Paso Diablos (1998-2004)

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    There is something about a pepper that is all juiced up on HGH and scowling that is just a bit unsettling. The fact that the team managed to make a vegetable look intimidating is impressive, but the logo just isn't doing it for me.

Erie SeaWolves (1999-Present)

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    The Tigers' Double-A affiliate, the SeaWolves have perhaps the strangest nickname in the minor leagues. And while a sea wolf generally refers to a sea lion, the team instead decided to take a more literal approach to its logo, and the result is just strange.

Bakersfield Blaze (2001-Present)

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    I'm not entirely sure what they were going for here with the font and the coloring, but whatever it was they were trying to do, they failed.

    The logo is made even worse by the fact that their old logo of a flaming baseball was really cool and should never have been abandoned.

Norwich Navigators (Through 2005)

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    While I will admit that the play on words in making the navigator an actual gator is not lost on me, and is in fact pretty clever, the logo is just way too cartoonish and friendly looking, right down to the fact that the gator is giving a thumbs up.

    Just nothing intimidating at all about that gator.

St. Catharines Stompers (1997-1999)

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    Well, we can't pitch, hit or field, but we're really good at making wine. See, our feet are covered in smashed grapes, and we don't clean that up or put on shoes when we take the field.

    Of the billions of ideas for a team nickname, why the stompers?

Shreveport Swamp Dragons (2001-2002)

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    Whoever decided that "Swamp Dragons" would be the best alliteration for the Shreveport team should be commended for thinking outside the box, but this logo is just the definition of too much.

    This belongs in some third-rate football league, not in baseball.

New Orleans Zephyrs (2005-2009)

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    The Marlins' Triple-A affiliate, the Zephyrs apparently didn't think they could turn a light, west wind into a logo, so they just went ahead and used a scary-looking beaver instead. It would be a cool logo if it made any sense, but it just absolutely does not.

Daytona Cubs (1993-Present)

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    Animals wearing sunglasses are just always a bad idea, and he bears (no pun intended) a striking resemblance to Poochie, the dog from The Simpsons. It is also just a floating bear head, which is odd.

    Throw in the weird lettering and strange, black smear mark along the bottom, and the logo is a bad one to say the least.

Arkansas Travelers (Present)

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    As far as boasting goes, this logo takes the cake, as claiming to be the "Greatest Game On Dirt" is ballsy to say the least. Even without that boast, though, this logo is incredibly boring, and calling yourselves the "A-Travs" is far from clever.

    All in all, just a bad logo.

Lynchburg Hillcats (1995-Present)

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    The lettering is cool, and the use of the baseball bats to support what I am assuming are supposed to be hills of some sort brings symmetry to the whole logo. Then they plopped a cross-eyed bobcat in the center of it all, and you have yourself a bad logo.

Toledo Mud Hens (Through 2005)

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    So now we know that before he joined the cast of Family Guy and constantly fought Peter, the Giant Chicken was once a promising, young minor leaguer. You can only do so much when your nickname is the "Mud Hens," but this is pretty bad from the Tigers Triple-A affiliate.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs Alternate (2008-Present)

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    The Phillies' Triple-A affiliate, the IronPigs are not only one of the most oddly nicknamed teams in all of minor league baseball, but their alternate logo of the letter I with a pig tail is beyond ridiculous.

Lakeland Flying Tigers (2007-Present)

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    The logo is fine, with nice cursive font and everything centered around the logo, but it's the logo that's the problem.

    What in the world is a Flying Tiger? Why not just call yourselves the Tigers, like the big-league team that owns you? Just all around weird. I mean, it's a tiger with wings coming out if its chin.

Michigan Battle Cats (1996-2002)

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    While it is hard to put into words what all is going on in this logo, let's give it a try.

    So first off, you've combined the colors purple, green and yellow. That's not a great start. Then there's the logo itself, which appears to be the letter "M" decorated up like a cat and given claws. Simply stunning how awful this logo is.

Syracuse Chiefs Alternate (2007-Present)

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    The Nationals Triple-A affiliate took what looks to be a hybrid of Teddy Roosevelt, Wilford Brimley, Colonel Sanders and the Monopoly Guy and successfully turned a baseball into something laugh-out-loud funny looking.

    I'm sure that was their goal when they first created it.

Houston Astros (1994)

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    While this logo itself is nothing out of the ordinary, it marked the end of an era, as the bright orange that the Astros had become known for was no longer a part of the logo or the team's color scheme.

    Truly a sad day when that switch was made.

San Francisco Giants (1977-1982)

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    Something about an orange-colored baseball just looks a little too much like a basketball to be part of a team's logo. Especially when the original logo had a white ball with red stitching and looked much better.

    Certainly a downgrade when they switched to this logo.

Baltimore Orioles Alternate (2009-Present)

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    After a bit of research, I found out that the logo pays homage to the Maryland state flag, which I guess makes more sense than if they had just thrown those designs on there. Still, not a very good looking logo.

Texas Rangers Alternate (1977-1982)

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    This alternate patch honored the Texas bicentennial, which is all fine and good, but they used it for five seasons, long after celebrating the bicentennial made sense anymore.

    Also, it looks somewhat similar to the New York Rangers hockey logo, and there should be no mixing of baseball and hockey ever.

Seattle Mariners (1977-1979)

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    This was the Mariners logo for their inaugural season, and while the trident/pitchfork style "M" is a nice touch, it looks more like a sign someone would hang on the locker-room door than it does a logo you would want on your jersey.

Texas Rangers (1983)

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    Everything is bigger in Texas, and that is illustrated perfectly on this atrocity of a logo. Using the shape of the state was a good idea, but everything else is just way too big.

    The team realized this, and after one season, they changed things up and came up with the state-shaped logo that the team used for the better part of a decade.

White Sox (1976-1990)

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    Perhaps this logo brings about some negative feeling because it was the same logo the team used during the game where they wore shorts. Or maybe it is because the team featured numbers on their pant legs while using this logo. Or maybe it's the generic, blue batter.

    Whatever it is, this logo is terrible.

Atlanta Braves Alternate (1972-1975)

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    Maybe it's just me, but until I read the description on this logo and it stated that this was a feather, I had absolutely no idea what this was supposed to be. Generally not a good sign when you can't figure out what the logo is.

Tampa Bay Rays Alternate (2008-Present)

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    Look, I get it, the team wanted to change its image so it dropped the "Devil" at the beginning of the nickname and changed uniforms. I'm all for the changing-things-up idea, but your mascot is a ray of light now? Come on.

Seattle Pilots (1969)

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    Nothing about this logo has anything to do with "Pilots," and this would actually make more sense as a Mariners logo. With what looks like a boat wheel, the team seemed destined from the start to one day be the Seattle Mariners.

Chicago White Sox (1971-1975)

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    The logo is an original one, and the transparent sock logo is an interesting idea. The problem is, why so much red? If it were not for the "Sox" written on the player's jersey, this could easily be mistaken for a Red Sox logo.

Toronto Blue Jays (2003)

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    This is hands down one of the creepiest logos of all time, but what really makes it for me is the sweet maple-leaf tattoo on the blue jay's arm. Really gives him that edgy feel that makes me fear the body-building bird.

Atlanta Braves Alternate (1966-1971)

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    Speaking of creepy, this Braves logo certainly falls into that category. While the team has used a number of different variations of the screaming brave through the years, this one is just a little to close to being a photograph to not be considered creepy.

Chicago Cubs (1927-1936)

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    This in no way, shape or form resembles a bear, and the fact that the team used the bear part of this logo on two separate occasions is absolutely unbelievable.

    They used a gold version of it from 1908-1914 and then went through three entirely different logos before deciding to revisit this gem.

Oakland Athletics Alternate (1999)

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    What do you get when you cross an elephant, the Michelin Man and a bat-wielding robot? You get the Athletics logo for their "Turn Ahead The Clock," a disastrous promotion during the 1999 season in which teams went for a futuristic look.

Pittsburgh Pirates (1960-1967)

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    The Pirates have tried a few different looks for their eye-patch wearing logo through the years, but this one is by far the worst. The eye behind the eye patch is way too low on his face, he has odd skin-colored earrings and he looks genuinely frightened.

Chicago Cubs (1918)

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    Who are the "UBS" and when did they move to Chicago? Oh, that says Cubs...you guys should really get a new logo. Not surprisingly, this one only lasted a year.

Washington Senators (1948-1958)

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    Sometimes simplicity is the way to go with a logo, but this is just downright boring. Not only that, but there is no indication that this is a baseball logo whatsoever, and for 10 years, this logo reigned supreme in our nation's capital.

Chicago Cubs Alternate (1942-1948)

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    There is bad, and then there is this logo. There is nothing on the logo that would ever lead anyone to think it was a Cubs logo unless told that it was, and why yellow for the background?

    Just everything that can be bad in a logo is with this one.

Philadelphia Phillies (1970-1983)

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    While the colonial theme makes sense with Philadelphia's history, the characters have a very cartoon cereal box sort of feel to them, and the actual Phillies logo is overshadowed by them.

Detroit Tigers (1901-1902)

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    This logo was no doubt a big deal when it came out, since most teams just had a letter or their team name spelled out as the logo. That said, it looks a lot like someone traced an animal cracker and called it a day when it came to creating this masterpiece.

Chicago Cubs (1916)

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    Apparently, back in 1916, no one had ever actually seen a bear, only heard about them. Based on stories they had heard, this was the best the artist could do in attempting to draw a bear at the center of the logo.

    Swing and a miss on that one.

Cincinnati Reds (1954-1960)

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    Nothing says Reds baseball like a guy with a giant baseball head and a sweet mustache. Throw in the fact that he's skipping along with a giant baseball bat, and you have yourself one terrible logo.

Chicago Cubs Alternate (1949-1961)

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    While certainly a shoo-in for the most adorable logo in baseball history, I'm not so sure that is what you're looking for in a sports logo. Even more amazing is the fact that this logo was used for a whopping 12 years before they realized it was a bad idea.

Washington Senators (1959-1960)

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    The idea of putting a baseball-playing senator on your jersey is weird enough and would certainly earn this logo a spot on the list. What takes it to the next level is his face. What is wrong with it?

Detroit Tigers (1934-1960)

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    Quick everybody, run! There's an obese, four-toothed tiger on the loose.

    Wait, never mind, he's been sucked into a black hole. We're fine.

Cleveland Indians (1928)

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    It was as if a group of small children were handed a sharpie and some paper and told to draw a Native American. Then the worst of the bunch was declared the winner and made the team's logo. Luckily, this disaster only last for a season before the team came to its senses.

Detroit Tigers (1927-1928)

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    Hey kids, while you're at it, why don't you all draw a scary-looking tiger for us? Much like the Indians disaster of a logo from the same time period, this one had a short-lived stay on the team's jerseys.

St. Louis Browns (1952-1953)

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    I don't know about you, but when I think baseball, the first thing that pops into my head is orange elves with bad hair and crazy eyes. Perhaps not coincidentally, the Browns moved to Baltimore and became the Orioles shortly after this logo was introduced.

Boston Red Sox (1950-1959)

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    While the current logo of a pair of red socks is not the most exciting thing in the world, the team's primary logo from the 1950s takes it to the other end of the spectrum, as they managed to turn a sock into a red, torso-less Jay Leno.