Nippon Professional Baseball logo

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Nippon Professional Baseball is the top baseball league in Japan. 12 of their major teams compete in the tournament every season, ever since the first season in 1950. Before then, baseball had a moderate presence in the country. After the Second World War, the sport grew in popularity thanks to the American presence in the country.

Meaning and History

The league was started in 1950 by several American teams that comprised the former Japanese Baseball League, which existed since 1936. The current league is largely the successor of JBL. The word ‘Nippon’ in the name means ‘Japan’, translated from Japanese and written in Latin letters.

1950 – today

Nippon Professional Baseball logo

One of the principal elements of their classic logo is the acronym ‘NPB’. It’s written in big, black letters using a tilted sans-serif style. The font is a pretty basic typeface with classic proportions and parameters.

To the left of the abbreviation, they placed a tall turquoise trapezoid. Its right side went parallel to the left side of the letter ‘N’. Its middle was occupied by a big white imprint of a baseball bat. Directly below it, there is a red circle. It looks stretched downwards and a bit to the side. Near its top edge, there is a white dot with two red curves on each side, resembling a ball. This whole composition is supposed to look like an exclamation mark.

 

 

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