Washington Nationals Logo

Washington Nationals Logo

The American baseball team Washington Nationals has had two distinctive logos since its relocation to Washington, D. C. in 2004 and renaming.

Meaning and history

Washington Nationals Logo history

The franchise became part of the National League in 1969 under the name of the Montreal Expos. The first two logotypes reflected the team’s original name.

The one introduced in 1969 sported a large scripted “M,” which was actually not just one letter, but a combination of “e,” the capital “M,” and “b,” the initials of the team’s name in French (Expos de Montreal Baseball). The word “expos” in lowercase letters was placed below.

The “eMb” emblem was instantly recognizable and memorable, so the team didn’t refuse from it for more than 30 years. Even the updated logo unveiled in 1992 was based on this icon. Here, it was placed over a white basketball with red seams. The white lettering “Montreal Expos” encircled the design.

Old logo

Washington Nationals Old logo

In the fall of 2004, the Major League Baseball stated that the franchise was to move to Washington, D.C. the following year. One of the possible new team names was Washington Grays, yet the team owners’ final choice was the Washington Nationals.

Symbol

Washington Nationals Symbol

The Nationals had the right to acquire the curly “W” emblem from the Washington Senators team, which played in Washington before relocating to Texas in 1971. Yet, the first Washington Nationals logo had a completely different design. It was built around the white 3D word “National” placed on a navy blue banner. On a smaller banner above it, there was the lettering “Washington.” There was a white baseball with red seams below encircled with nine white stars.

Current emblem

Washington Nationals Logo emblem

The iconic “W” borrowed from the Washington Senators helped the Nationals create an illusion of the continuity of the city’s baseball traditions, although they eventually developed their own, unique configuration on its basis. The red “W” was encircled by the name of the franchise in white on the navy background. There were also two red stars and two red circle frames.

Font

While the wordmark seems to have been inspired by the Neutraface Text Bold font, the logo itself features a different type looking refreshingly minimalistic.

Color

Washington Nationals Logo Color

The color palette of the Washington Nationals logo doesn’t seem very unusual for a baseball team. It comprises red, white, and blue – the colors seen on the official logo of the Major League Baseball – although the shades are slightly different.

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