Cleveland Indians Logo

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Cleveland Indians have used more than 15 logotypes throughout their more than 115-year history, but in fact, almost all of them have been built around either the capital letter “C” or the Native American theme.

Meaning and history

 

Cleveland Indians Logo history

The baseball club from Cleveland was established at the end of the 19th century as Grand Rapid Rustlers and changed its name only once, in 1901. Unlike the club’s name, the logo of the Indians was redesigned over a dozen times, jumping from minimalistic concepts to more ornate ones.

1901 — 1902

Cleveland Indians Logo 1901

The very first logo for Cleveland Indians, created in 1991, featured a simple arched “Cleveland” inscription in all capitals of a bold handwritten sans-serif typeface. The color palette of the initial emblem was built around the intense and bright shade of blue, which made the simple logo eye-catching and strong.

1902 — 1903

Cleveland Indians Logo 1902

The redesign of 1902 simplified the club’s logo to a single symbol, it was a bold enlarged “C” drawn in blue on a white background. The letter was executed in a custom font with thick lines, geometric contours, and a massive square serif on the upper part.

1904

Cleveland Indians Logo 1904

In 1904 the team was using its logo, designed in 1902, but in a new color palette. The bold “C” was drawn in red, which gave a powerful look to the Indians’ identity and evokes a sense of energy and passion.

1905 — 1908

Cleveland Indians Logo 1905

In 1905 the new logo was introduced by the team and stayed with them for three years. It was again a capital blue “C”, but this time it was written in cursive, with an elongated and curved upper part of the letter, which looked elegant and playful.

1909

Cleveland Indians Logo 1909

In 1909 the contours of the logo were modified and the upper tail of the “C” was shortened, which gave a more modern look to the emblem, yet kept the elegance and style of the previous version.

1910 — 1920

Cleveland Indians Logo 1910

The redesign of 1901 brought another “C”, executed in a geometric sans-serif typeface, with the contours of the letter repeating octagonal shape. The lines were thinner than on the logo from 1903, though the badge still looked solid and strong.

1921 — 1927

Cleveland Indians Logo 1921

In 1921 the Indians’ “C” was redrawn again. This time the letter was executed in a wishbone style, with smooth and emboldened ends of the letters. The color palette remained unchanged, the club kept using the combination of blue and white as a representation of professionalism and expertise.

1928

Cleveland Indians Logo 1928

In 1928 a completely new approach to the club’s visual identity was adopted. The new logo for Cleveland Indians featured a red and black profile of a Native American man. He was facing left and had three black feathers in his hair.

1929 — 1932

Cleveland Indians Logo 1929

In 1929 the portrait was redrawn in red and white, with the addition of a large feathery headpiece to the image. The contours of the face were also refined and made more delicate and elegant in comparison to the previous, amateurish version.

1933 — 1945

Cleveland Indians Logo 1933

The redesign of 1933 switched the red and white color palette of the emblem into yellow, brown, and red, adding more details to the image and refining the contours of the Native American’s profile.

1946 — 1972

Cleveland Indians Logo 1946

A new funny portrait was adopted as the Indians’ logo in 1946. It was a cartoonish smiling face of a Native American man, placed in ¾ and executed in a beige, black, and red color palette with some white details (for the smile and the feather’s top).

1973 — 1979

Cleveland Indians Logo 1973

In 1973 the logo gets another redesign and its color palette is being switched to red, blue, and white, repeating the colors of the national flag of the USA and representing the patriotism and loyalty of the baseball club. As for the portrait itself, it became more modern and fun, and its contours got cleaner and bolder.

1979 — 2019

Cleveland Indians Logo 1979

The redesign of 1979 placed the image of the Indian man on a white and blue baseball and added bold lettering around its perimeter. Blue became the main color of the badge, reminding of the very first versions of Cleveland’s club logos. Chief Wahoo on this emblem was wearing a baseball uniform and held a bat in his hand. The inscription in blue was executed in a custom sans-serif typeface with Mayan motives, thick lines, and straight cuts of the letters.

2013 — Today

Cleveland Indians logo

In 2013 the team comes back to its logo version from 1904, a bold geometric “C” in the red and white palette. The contours of the letter are being strengthened and cleaned, and an additional version was created — red “C” on a calm blue background.

Font

It is hardly possible to discuss the font, in this case, as the wordmark only includes a single letter. It is probably either custom artwork, or customized glyph from an existing font.

Color

Color Cleveland Indians Logo

The official colors include red (Hex color: #E31937;), navy blue (#0F223E;), and white (#FFFFFF;). The primary Cleveland Indians logo, which is the Block C, makes use only of two of them – red and white, while the secondary logotype (Chief Wahoo) combines all the three. Some of the colors used in the earlier logos include several shades of red and blue, as well as brown, black, and gold.

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