Baltimore Orioles Logo

baltimore orioles logo

The professional baseball team Baltimore Orioles has gone through more than 15 logotypes. In most cases, there have been variations of the two main symbols: a lifelike bird and a cartoon bird.

Baltimore Orioles logo meaning and history

Baltimore Orioles Logo history

The team has its roots in Milwaukee. It was established there under the name of the Milwaukee Brewers before 1900. In 1902, the club relocated to St. Louis and adopted the name of St. Louis Browns, as well as a new logotype featuring the letters “S”, “T”, and “L.”

Symbol Baltimore Orioles in 1954-1989

orioles symbol

After the relocation to Baltimore in 1954, the team changed its name to the current one. It was then that the first Baltimore Orioles logo appeared. It featured the iconic cartoon bird on top of a baseball with two criss-crossed bats behind. The 1989 modification brought about a slight shift in the color palette.

baltimore orioles new logo

On the 1966 emblem designed by Stan Walsh, the oriole was holding the bat with its wings (looking more like arms). The image was placed in an orange ring with the name of the team given in white.

The lifelike bird emblem Baltimore Orioles

orioles emblem

Starting with 1992, the logo has been based on one and the same scheme: the lifelike bird placed over the word “Orioles” in a script resembling handwriting. Both the bird and the lettering have been modified in 1995, 1998, 1999, and 2009. In 1995, yellow and green details were added. They made the palette more diverse, but also created visual “noise”, which probably was one of the reasons they were removed. The 2009 version looks clearer in comparison with its predecessors, and because of this, it creates a stronger brand identity.baltimore orioles old logo

Font of the Baltimore Orioles Logo

The lettering featured a beautiful hand-drawn script created specifically for the Baltimore Orioles logo. It hasn’t changed that much since it was introduced in 1992.

Color of the Baltimore Orioles Logo

orioles logo

The logotype features the baseball team’s official colors: black, white, and orange. From 1995 to 2008, two more colors were used: green and yellow.