25 Amazingly Bizarre Minor League Baseball Logos

by on 16th July 2012 with 10 Comments

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Being familiar with my love of logos and tendency to point out crazy design, a friend of mine recently showed me a fascinatingly bizarre niche of design of which I had, up to now, been entirely ignorant: Minor League baseball team logos.

When I tell you to prepare yourself for some of the zaniest examples of professional logo design that you’ve ever seen, I’m using neither exaggeration nor hyperbole. Buckle your seat belts, you’re in for quite a ride.

Delightfully Wacky Logos

I’ve divided this post up into two categories: “Wacky” and “Quirky But Cool”. The former is where you’re really likely to find a few chuckles, the latter holds some genuinely good design with a twist. Let’s start with the wacky category.

Montgomery Biscuits

This is the logo that inspired this entire post. Some clever soul decided to break that tired tradition of naming teams after something tough and instead went with a fairly random breakfast food.

The logo of course lives up to the unique nature of the name by coming across as the sort of creature that you’d see on Sesame Street, encouraging you to eat up for the most important meal of the day.

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Ogden Raptors

The Raptors! Now there’s something tough, this guy would swallow that biscuit whole. At least he would if he weren’t completely paralyzed, which is kind of how he looks in this impressively crude drawing. To be fair, I couldn’t draw a raptor to save my life, but I have the good sense to admit it! And what’s with that baseball?

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Everett Aquasox

My wife grew up mere miles from the home of this team, so she’s apparently completely blind to just how ridiculous the name “Aquasox” really is. I guess it sounded better than the Everett Frog Feet.

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Lakeland Flying Tigers

Flipping awesome Napolean! It’s a mother freaking flying tiger! Even creepier, as the logo clearly shows, it’s actually a dismembered tiger’s head that has sprouted a pair of wings. A solid choice of intimidating creatures, no man can stand tall in the face of such horrors.

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Casper Ghosts

Apparently Casper the friendly ghost was either closely trademarked or just too dang friendly to be a team mascot. I’m pretty sure I saw this guy on a monster truck one time…

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Erie Seawolves

No one really knows what a seawolf is, so let’s just draw a pirate with a wolf’s face (maybe a nuclear sub just looked to phallic). I can see how this one could’ve actually turned out pretty cool, but the execution looks amazingly similar to something that would come from an Applebee’s coloring contest.

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Kannapolis Intimidators

That “K” is pissed, but if you were cursed by god to have a hand growing out of your head without even the courtesy of a wrist, you’d be angry too.

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Lake Elsinore Storm

I’m not sure why they didn’t go with an image of a storm here, but I guess they were thinking outside of the proverbial box. This one might be cool if it weren’t so dang difficult to read. I’m not really sure why either, are the letters supposed to be forehead wrinkles? Is it some sort of tiger storm? They should definitely call the team Tiger Storm and have them battle the Flying Tigers.

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Normal Cornbelters

The bottom two thirds of this logo turned out pretty well, but his eyes and scraggly hair just make it look like this corn has been smoking a few of the other plants nearby.

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Lansign Lugnuts

You gotta love a team called the Lugnuts. I’m amazed at how much this illustration reminds me of something from an NES game. My six year old self would’ve totally played that.

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Lynchburg Hillcats

Move over Seawolves, you’ve got some coloring contest competition here.

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Portland Sea Dogs

This one distinctly reminds me of some creature that Popeye would’ve found and then spent twenty minutes trying to protect from various unforeseen woes.

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Rochester Red Wings

This bird doesn’t take any crap from anyone. He’s tough and even kind of cool looking, but the claws in the shoes are just creepy.

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Salem-Keizer Volcanoes

Interesting interpretation of a volcano. I see what you did there. Actually, I’m lying, I have no idea what’s happening with this one.

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San Antonio Missions

This one has it all. Cliché southwest lettering, a baseball with motion streaks, even a star thrown in just to make sure all the bases are covered. Bazinga.

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Savannah Sand Gnats

Sand Gnats? Kudos for the unique choice of pest. The legs on this one really freak me out though, put some pants on Mr. Gnat, you’re scaring the children.

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Tri-City Dust Devils

I’m 90% certain this logo was made using Mario Paint.

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Akron Aeros

Not content with a single theme, this amazing logo packs in two entirely disparate ideas: space and… a leaping cat! Thundercats HOOO!

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Albuquerque Isotopes

I swear that lettering is straight out of Toejam & Earl. Or is it Earthworm Jim?

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Quirky But Cool

The logos in this section are actually pretty good! That being said, they still have that undeniable Minor League flair that made the previous section so enjoyable. This is mostly due to the bizarre nature of the team names.

Modesto Nuts

Don’t make me out to be the child here, you know you’re thinking it too.

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Fort Wayne Tin Caps

I’m not sure why this team is called the Tin Caps or why the best way to represent that was with an angry apple, but I kind of dig it. Go get ‘em apple tin man.

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Richmond Flying Squirrels

This one makes me laugh. I don’t really know why, but something about a super intense flying squirrel is just plain funny. Still, he’s drawn really well in that edgy mascot style.

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Tulsa Drillers

I’m not a fan of the lettering but the burly guy drilling through the baseball is actually pretty awesome.

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West Michigan Whitecaps

This one looks like a monster with his mouth full, but I can see how it also looks a lot like a hand gripping a baseball. Well done I say.

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Lehigh Valley IronPigs

What’s better than a pig? An iron pig! You really can’t argue with that logic.

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Which Are Your Favorites?

Just to be clear, all of the statements above are meant to be good natured ribbing. Minor League teams don’t have multi-million dollar budgets and therefore often can’t afford to spend a ton of money on fancy logos. I’m sure they did they best they could with the resources available.

Now that you’ve seen my take on these logos, leave a comment below and tell me which ones were your favorites! Have you seen any other wacky sports team logos? Tell me about them!

Comments & Discussion

10 Comments

Comments & Discussion

10 Comments

  1. Andrew says:

    Hahah, I had to crack up at seeing the Lynchburg Hillcats logo here. I grew up, live, and work in Lynchburg so I’m conditioned to not think it’s too odd… but I suppose it does look kinda coloring book’y.

  2. Brett says:

    Some really quirky logos here! Since I was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I’m biased to the White Caps logo. Another logo/team name I’m a fan of are the Traverse City Beach Bums of the Frontier League. http://www.tcbeachbums.com

  3. Stan Follis says:

    Fort Wayne TinCaps are named for Johnny TinCap aka Johnny Appleseed buried here in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

    From http://www.milb.com/team2/page.jsp?ymd=20091026&content_id=7554534&vkey=team2_t584&fext=.jsp&sid=t584

    “The name is a reference to the beloved pioneer Johnny Appleseed, who was known for wearing his tin cooking pot upon his head. The primary logo is an apple wearing Johnny’s trademark “Tin Cap.””

  4. Mary Waldman says:

    I was living in Maine when the Portland Sea Dog’s logo came out and everyone cringed. A seal holding a baseball bat? Guess he was coming for revenge?
    Great job on the topic, thanks.

  5. Jen K says:

    Okay so I was more than geeked to see that you started this post due to the Biscuits. I have a soft spot for them as Biscuit is my nickname amongst my friends & they have bought me a number of Montgomery Biscuit items.

    Also since I went to Michigan State, I can proudly say I have been to a number of Lansing Lugnut games. They have the best hats; the lugnut on the front & on the back it states “It’s no fun with just one”. Nice, cheeky slogan.

  6. Joshua says:

    Brevard County, FL Manatees. Single-A affiliate of the Brewers

    http://content.sportslogos.net/logos/43/2575/full/4omxl1b6apv87yf56nhkh54tb.gif

  7. jared says:

    You got to love the corn logo, all it needs is some butter on it now.

  8. Great article Joshua. Thanks for bringing attention to these different cool sports logos. When you guys get a chance check out our sports logo designs. Sports logos are a dying art and you have pointed out some very creative one’s. http://www.awesomesportslogos.com. We’re trying to bring back the creativity back to sports logos. Once again, great article Josh!

  9. connie says:

    These are amazing logos, especially the WhiteCaps. Thanks for sharing

  10. AntoxaGray says:

    I love american logos of sport clubs, they’re creative. Also names are fun.

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