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Hello, I have been a sports logo junkie since I was a kid. I used to do my own concepts/tweeks years ago but they weren't very good and I gave up. Anyway, anyone old enough to remember when several MLB ballparks from the late 1970 thru the mid-1990s had put team logos on its outfield wall? I do (I'm a 90s kid) and that's part of the reason I became a sports logo junkie. Most of the ballparks that did this were the often-despised multipurpose/cookie cutter/domed stadiums of that period (Veterans, Busch Memorial, Three Rivers, Metrodome, etc). The classic-era ballparks (Wrigley, Fenway, Yankee, Tiger) did not put team logos on its outfield logos nor did the retro-themed newer ballparks (Camden Yards, Arlington, Jacobs/Progressive Field, etc) Why some teams decided to team logos on their outfield wall during that perior, I don't know. The reason I decided to make this post is to see which stadiums had updated a logo when a new logo made its debut prior to the new season. I also wanted to see how accurate the stadiums were when it came to updating logos when a team updated its logo/uniforms. Here are a timeline of which MLB ballparks had put team logos on its outfield wall: Veterans Stadium (Phillies) (1976-1996) Three Rivers Stadium (Pirates) (1976-1982, 1994-1997) Astrodome (Astros) (1976-1985) Arlington Stadium (Rangers) (circa 1977-1978) Kingdome (Mariners) (1977-1990) Jack Murphy/Qualcomm Stadium (Padres) (1978-1993) Exhibition Stadium (Blue Jays) (1978-early 1989) Skydome (Blue Jays) (1989-1998) Busch Memorial Stadium (Cardinals) (1979-1995) Shea Stadium (Mets) (1980-1994) Fulton County Stadium (Braves) (circa 1982-1991) Cleveland Municipal Stadium (Indians) (circa 1985-1989) Metrodome (Twins) (1985-circa 1995) Olympic Stadium (Expos) (1987-2004) Anaheim Stadium (Angels) (1989-1996) Mile High Stadium (Rockies) (1993-1994) Pro Player Stadium (Marlins) (1996-1999) Bonus: Dodger Stadium (Dodgers) (1980 All-Star Game only) Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (1994 movie "Angels in the Outfield") County Stadium in Milwaukee (1989 movie "Major League") Let's start with the long-defunct Montreal Expos. The images were originally from old VHS tapes/Youtube video clips so don't expect HD-like quality. Olympic Stadium in Montreal (1987-2004) ================================ MLB team logos were first placed on the outfield wall of Olympic Stadium in the 1987 season. 1987-1988 -------------- The logos seemed to be arranged in a random order The NL East team logos were on the Center-Left Field Wall the logos The NL West team logos were on the Center-Right Field Wall the logos Braves logo looks very different as it's not primary logo with the tomahawk that team adopted that year (which they still use today) Phllies logo is the 1971-1991 Alternate rather than the 1984-1991 primary 1987 team order (from a Phillies @ Expos (1987) game) NL East (from left to right) MTL, PIT, PHI, STL, NYM, CHC NL West (from left to right) HOU, CIN, ATL, SF, LA, SD 1989 ------ The padding of the wall changed from a dull shade of blue to a more vibrant shade of royal blue. The Phillies logo changed from the 1971-1991 alternate Logo to the 1984-1991 primary logo In addition, the logos appeared to be rearranged based on division standings 1989 team order NL East (from left to right; 1st place to last place) CHC, STL, NYM, MTL, PIT, PHI NL West (from left to right; 1st place to last place) SF, SD, HOU, LA, CIN, ATL 1989 Cubs @ Expos (Cubs clinch NL East game) 1990-1991 -------------- The Braves logo changed to the 1987-present primary during the 1990 season The Padres Logo changed to the 1991-2003 primary during the 1991 season Phillies @ Expos from 1991 1992 ------- The Expos logo was updated to the 1992-2004 primary; the Phillies logo was also updated to the 1992-present primary Mets @ Expos from 1992 Cubs @ Expos from 1992 (Gary Carter's last hit) 1993 ------ The Rockies & Marlins logos are added as the 2 expansion teams made their debut that season the Marlins logo is an alternate rather than the primary from 1993-2004 The Reds changed their logo (and uniforms) to the 1993-1998 primary, but the 1968-1992 logo is still present Phillies @ Expos from 1993 1994 ------- Due to the three-division realignment; team logos are rearranged based on new divisions: NL East team logos are at the Center-Left field Wall NL West team logos are at the Center field Wall NL Central team logos & Expos championship/retired number banners at Center-Right field wall Astros updated their logo (and uniforms) but the 1975-1993 primary logo is still seen Giants updated their logo to the 1994-1999 primary but the 1983-1993 logo is still seen NL West (left to right; 1st place to last place) LA, COL, SF, SD NL East (left to right; 1st place to last place) ATL, MTL, PHI, FLA, NYM NL Central (left to right; 1st place to last place) CIN, HOU, PIT, STL, CHC Braves @ Expos (6/27/94) 1995-1997 -------------- The Astros logo was finally updated to the then-primary 1995-1999 logo The Reds and Giants then-newer logos were not updated 1998-2004 --------------- By 1998, the team logos were rearranged again due to expansion/realignment . The NL Central and NL West team logos switched places with the NL Central team logos now at the Left field outfield wall and the NL West team logos at the right field wall. The Diamondbacks (expansion team) and Brewers (who switched from AL to NL) logos were added; By this period, Olympic Stadium was very obsolete and outdated as newer retro-themed ballparks were replacing the multipurpose/cookie cutter stadiums. By 2000, Olympic Stadium was the only stadium that still put mlb team logos on its outfield wall. In addition, the stadium also appeared to be lazy and inconsistent when it came to updating team logos well into 2004: The Cardinals logo was updated to the 1998-present primary logo The Pirates logo was updated to the 1998-2013 primary logo The Marlins logo was still the alternate logo from 1993-2004 The Giants logo was still the 1983-1993 logo and continued to be even as the Giants updated their look (and logo) again in 2000 (which is still used today) The Brewers changed their look & logo in 2000 but the 1994-1999 logo was still seen The Padres changed their logo & look in 2004 (the 2004-2010 logo) but the 1991-2003 logo was still seen The Reds logo was finally updated in 1998 but when the team had a new logo (& uniforms) from 1999-2006, the 1993-1998 logo was still seen The Astros updated their uniforms & logo in 2000 but the 1995-1999 logo was still seen For example, the logo setup from the Expos last home game in 2004: NL Central (left to right; 1st to last) STL, CHC, HOU, CIN, PIT, MIL NL East (Left to Right; 1st to last) ATL, PHI, FLA, NYM, MTL NL West (Left to Right; 1st to last) LA, SF, SD, COL, ARZ Padres @ Expos from 1999 (Tony Gywnn 3000th hit) Expos final home game in 2004 Bonus -------- Random images found from Gettyimages between 1998 and 2004 My next post will be Exhibition Stadium & Skydome (now Rogers Centre), the two homes of the mothership's favorite team, the Toronto Blue Jays. Stay tuned.
So I've been doing a few redesigns of community college logos lately which I placed in my other thread but after thinking about it for a while now I decided to start a new one since they're really not vintage logo updates (well the Delgado is but I still consider it a redesign). If anyone has seen these already in my other thread & feel I should just keep them over there please let me know so I can shut this one down. Thanks! First up is the Delgado Dolphins, as always C&C welcome.
I'm a big fan of vintage logos so I decided to try my hand at updating the Texas Longhorns logo. C & C is always welcomed! *EDIT* Here's an index of all the updated logos done as of 2/16/2015 in this thread courtesy of Doyle524 & davidmiller5. Thank you! http://boards.sportslogos.net/topic/95922-updating-vintage-logos/?p=2209439