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A question about the 1973-79 Cleveland Indians


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Every other logo that features the city name and team name would have the city at the top and the team name at the bottom (Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals) but why oh why was the 1973-79 logo for the Cleveland Indians showing INDIANS at the top and CLEVELAND at the bottom?  Was this an error?  Were they trying to be different?  Is it because Cleveland always finished at or near the bottom back then?  This is the biggest mystery to me ever since the Steelers logo on just one side of their helmets (and I eventually did find out why about that at least).  Thank you and Greetings of the Season!

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It was probably a case of the Indians wordmark sitting on top alone and someone deciding after the fact to put Cleveland on there. You wouldn't have tried to allude to your team's position in the standings with your logo.

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The conversation probably went something like...

 

"Alright, so we're going to put Wahoo taking a huge swing, on a baseball, and it's going to say INDIANS across the top. What do you think?"

"How will they know we're from Cleveland, though?"

"One second..." Bunch of scribbling.

"Alright, so we're going to put Wahoo taking a huge swing, on a baseball, and it's going to say INDIANS across the top and CLEVELAND across the bottom. What do you think?"

 

Same deal with Chicago, most likely. They made a nice logo with SOX and then someone complained about confusion with Boston (especially when you consider that it says SOX twice).

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1 hour ago, Big Yellow Flag said:

The conversation probably went something like...

 

"Alright, so we're going to put Wahoo taking a huge swing, on a baseball, and it's going to say INDIANS across the top. What do you think?"

"How will they know we're from Cleveland, though?"

"One second..." Bunch of scribbling.

"Alright, so we're going to put Wahoo taking a huge swing, on a baseball, and it's going to say INDIANS across the top and CLEVELAND across the bottom. What do you think?"

 

Same deal with Chicago, most likely. They made a nice logo with SOX and then someone complained about confusion with Boston (especially when you consider that it says SOX twice).

I feel like this logo has a similar story

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