MLB Logo (Major League Baseball)

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For several years, there was a controversy about the real author of the MLB logo. Two designers, Jerry Dior and James Sherman, claimed to be the authors. However, subsequently Sherman stated that he had made a mistake and his emblem, although looking very similar to Dior’s one, had been created about 10 years later.

Who is on the MLB logo?
Harmon Killebrew

The author of the MLB logo, Jerry Dior, claimed he used photos of several players as an inspiration. This was done in order to create an abstract baseball player without giving any hint to his background. And yet, quite a few people believed that the design had been modeled on future Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew.

Meaning and history

MLB Logo history

Jerry Dior created the Major League Baseball logo in 1968. He claimed the task took him not more than a single afternoon. His purpose was to design an abstract image of a baseball player, an emblem that would not include any indications of the player’s ethnic background or dominating hand.

Symbol and its model

mlb symbolQuite a few people believed that the MLB symbol was modeled on one of the most famous Major League Baseball players, Harmon Clayton Killebrew. Shortly before his retirement, Killebrew, often called “The Killer”, was the second best player in American League home runs. He has been in the Hall of Fame since 1984.
So, in the cold light of the day, Killebrew could have become a decent model for the Major League Baseball logo. However, according to Jerry Dior, the author of the emblem, he used photographs of several players because his aim was to steer clear of anything that could indicate the player’s background or appearance.

Emblem controversy

mlb emblemThe controversy over the authorship of the MLB emblem lasted several years. Having seen the emblem for the first time, the comic book illustrator James Sherman noticed that it looked very similar to the logo he had designed earlier. So, he claimed, the design had been stolen from him.
However, in the course of time the controversy was resolved. In late 2008, the ESPN writer Paul Lukas contacted James Sherman and asked him when he had designed his logo. Sherman answered that it took place in the early 1980s. However, the MLB logo actually debuted much earlier, in the 1969 season. So, although Sherman’s design was very similar to the one used by Major League Baseball, he was not the real author as he created his emblem later.

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The Major League Baseball icon hasn’t changed since the day of its creation. Only the shades of blue and red got intensified, but the recognizable style has never been touched.

Interestingly, the icon, as a part of the official MLB logo, was created in one day. A rare thing, when someone’s sketch, drawn in minutes, stays for decades, and never loses its actuality.

There were lots of versions about who was pictured on the icon, though, contrary to popular belief, the silhouette of the baseball player was not modeled from any particular player. It is a completely universal image, depicting a man of any height, nationality, or age.

The blue, red, and white color palette of the Major League Baseball icon is not only a patriotic celebration, but also a reflection of strength, professionalism, and loyalty.

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