The New York Yankees logo may not be a primary reason for their ascension to the top of the sports world, but it sure hasn't hurt. Their elegant, understated and yet commanding look has long been a part of the supposed Yankee mystique.
More importantly, theirs has become the most recognizable brand in sports, and as such, it has made them hundreds of millions of dollars in merchandising and licensing.
Not every team has been savvy enough to find something as clean and simple as the Yankees' interlocking 'NY' design and stick to it. For many teams (even some of the most popular ones in the league), the optimal logo has been elusive.
From logos that were too anachronistic to those too desperate to be contemporary, all the way to those that out and out offended, there have been a lot of duds in the annals of MLB branding. Here are the worst logos in the history of every organization.
All images courtesy sportslogos.net.