Chris Creamer loves logos
August 30, 2006 11:37 AM   Subscribe

Chris Creamer's is a vast archive of current and historical sports logos from leagues large and small, brand new or defunct. Some of my favorite retro logos involve mascots (often anthropomorphized) performing sports-related activities. Of course, some were retired for good reasons.
posted by kyleg (14 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
And previously, Helmets!
posted by Kwine at 12:02 PM on August 30, 2006

Very cool, some of these logos can be pretty hard to find in "useable" form.
posted by clevershark at 12:11 PM on August 30, 2006

Sweet jesus, this is a beautiful logo.
posted by NoMich at 12:27 PM on August 30, 2006

That looks suspiciously like Yukon Cornelius...
posted by briank at 12:49 PM on August 30, 2006

This site is awesome. I actually found it about a year ago and I'm happy to say that thanks to Chris, my pick-up hockey jersey sports a Colorado Rockies logo on the front. I've since had about 10 people ask me where I found the old-school jersey. Suckers!
posted by Shfishp at 12:52 PM on August 30, 2006

What's wrong with the Colt .45s [linked under "retired"]?

I happen to think it's a superb logo--and as mascots go, an order of magnitude better than its replacement: an uncreative shill for the space program.
posted by deadfather at 1:59 PM on August 30, 2006

Nothing wrong with it. They just wanted to go with the stadium. Space was hot then.

I just checked through the baseball links. He doesn't always follow the franchises. (Expos to Nationals, Pilots to Brewers, Browns to Orioles, etc), but any site that saves logos is a good idea.

LogoServer is another logo resource.
posted by ?! at 3:13 PM on August 30, 2006

*goes away, has nerdgasm*

Holy cow, that's a cool site. Thanks!
posted by pdb at 3:31 PM on August 30, 2006

They just wanted to go with the stadium. Space was hot then.
See also: Astroturf.
posted by kirkaracha at 7:29 PM on August 30, 2006

Ah, Maxie the Miner from the Denver Nuggets sure brings back memories. Thanks for posting this so I can relive how cool logos once were!
posted by causticgnostic at 9:39 PM on August 30, 2006

Wikipedia has the more about the change from Colt 45s to the Astros: "The Sporting News Official Baseball Guide for 1965 had this to say about why the team was renamed: "Late in the year [1964] the [Harris County Domed Stadium] was officially named the Astrodome after the Houston club changed its nickname, December 1, from Colt .45s to Astros. The move resulted from objections by the Colt Firearms Company to the club's sales of novelties bearing the old nickname."

The faux grass later called Astroturf was added to the Astrodome because grass was dying under the painted roof.
posted by ?! at 10:32 PM on August 30, 2006

Woot! I'm a member there!
posted by Cyclopsis Raptor at 12:15 AM on August 31, 2006

Ah, the beauty of Wikipedia! Even a Raptor can join.
posted by ?! at 12:24 PM on September 2, 2006

Interesting that the Colt .45s were renamed because of the product name, rather than any concerns about violence. The Washington Bullets changed to the Washington Wizards in 1995 because of "violent overtones."
posted by etoile at 7:36 AM on September 5, 2006

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