10 Best Major League Baseball Logos

June 18, 2010

Choosing the top 10 Major League Baseball logos is a challenging task, especially for a baseball fan like me who is admittedly prone to biases against and for certain teams. Add in a touch of nostalgia and the fact that many MLB logo designs have remained relatively untouched for decades, and it becomes difficult to pick one out of the crowd and to give proper dues to more modern logos that have not yet weathered the test of time.

The first question becomes: what metrics to measure; what criterion are important for passing judgment? Is it longevity? Designer craft skill? Familiarity? Uniqueness? Aesthetics?

In the end, I've decided to choose my list of the 10 best MLB baseball logos based on all of these, to some degree, with perhaps a hint of bias.

10. Los Angeles Angels

I like logos that find a way to turn letters into graphic elements, and the halo at the top of the “A” in this logo does the trick. What is interesting to me, however, is the red color and spurs on the side of the “A” seem to resemble devil horns. Was it intentional?
9. Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers' logo resembles the bold, authentic flavor of a premier beer company label, complete with wheat stalks at the bottom.

8. Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays newest logo has a modern touch to it that merges a blue jay's head with the letter “J.”

7. Pittsburgh Pirates

Old letters from ball clubs with long histories are always appealing to me, so Pittsburgh gets my vote for the seventh best logo in the league with its yellow “P.”

6. Detroit Tigers

The Tigers make my list at No. 6 for the same reason the Pirates made No. 7. I just like Detroit's “D” better.

5. Philadelphia Phillies

Red, white and blue, and even the stars and stripes make the Phillies logo a fan favorite from the City of Brotherly Love – and the birthplace of the American Revolution.

4. Cleveland Indians

Chief Wahoo might have faced his critics, but the Indians' logo remains as one of the most easily recognized in MLB.

3. New York Yankees

The Yankees have won (bought — cough!) so many championships that it's impossible to ignore this logo. And I suppose America's most popular baseball team does deserve some cred.

2. Cincinnati Reds

The Big Red Machine has always had a style all its own, but its logo has undergone few changes throughout the decades.

1. Chicago Cubs

Proving that simplicity and a unique design will almost always win out, the Chicago Cubs logo tops my list of MLB logos.

Disagree? What are your top 10?

Images are the copyright and sole property of each respective team named.

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About Brian Morris

Brian Morris serves in various capacities as a freelance writer, content developer and public relations specialist for growing small businesses. When he’s not writing, he can be found on the racquetball court - usually getting his tail kicked by guys 20 years older.

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Sonia January 07, 2016 03:21 am #

I've got one thing to say, Brian: Let's go, Giants!

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Jennifer January 07, 2016 03:21 am #

How could you leave off PsPrint's hometown heroes, the Oakland A's?

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January 07, 2016 03:21 am #

I feel so betrayed... Cubs get #1 but no mention of StL Cardinals? The Redbird is wayyy better than the terrifying Indians logo!

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January 07, 2016 03:21 am #

Braves? Gotta love the tomahawk

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Brian January 07, 2016 03:21 am #

Ah yes, I figured this post would fire everyone up! My disclaimer is that I'm judging logos, not teams, and of course these are my humble opinions. I think it goes without saying that we'll all favor the logos of the teams we root for, and in PsPrint-ville the A's and Giants are on top!

Sonia, the Giants logo is a baseball with baseball-styled lettering... it's the same logo I've seen on a hundred Little League teams! Perhaps that is why it might be considered among the top ten, though I don't find it exceedingly original.

Jennifer, the A's logo probably makes a better case based on originality. How could I leave it off? The answer is simple, if not satisfying: I don't care for green and yellow together. Sorry! :)

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Brian January 07, 2016 03:21 am #

This is the place to post 'em, go holiday! What's your favorite MLB logo?

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