The logo of a team can range from the simple to the extravagant. A team could be represented best by a single, stylized letter; or even possibly by AN ANTHROPROMORPHIZED BISCUIT WITH A PAD OF BUTTER FOR IT’S TONGUE.
None the less, and in no particular order, these are our picks for the top 10 all time best minor league sports logos.
– Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
Being a proud Maryland boy has taught me several things in my life; Turtles become much more intimidating when called a Terrapin, Pennsylvania sports are just terrible, and above all else, crabs are simply a way of life. So what’s no to love about a baseball team (terrible or not) which just happens to be from my home state, which just happens to be in Ronnie’s back yard, and predominately features my personal favorite decapod crustacean in the world? Absolutely nothing!
– Victoria Salmon Kings
Although this team was only around in the ECHL for about seven years, I have to think that it’s undeniably original logo had to have left it’s mark on some people. I mean, come on, it’s a fish wearing a crown; a crown that states on it, in capital letters that this is indeed a salmon wearing it, and that it is indeed a king. Personally, I don’t think you can go wrong with putting a hat on a fish, it’s just common knowledge.
– Manitoba Moose
Really, I don’t have too much to say about this one. For some reason, it’s always just been a personal favorite of mine ever since I was a kid. The colors are just right and the moose itself is in enough detail to tell it’s pretty ticked off about something while still staying feasible to be put on a jersey.
To be completely honest with you, a greatly contributing factor for me picking this logo is the fact that Julie the Cat Gaffney wore a Moose jersey in D3.
*edit (It has been brought to my attention she actually wore a Minnesota Moose jersey. A moose is a moose.)
– Bradenton Marauders
To emphasize my point that a logo could either simple or complex, yet still be great, I give to you the Bradenton Marauders. Their primary logo features the team name in, what I think, is a beautiful font, while marauder himself fills it out and giving it an interesting overall shape. The secondary logo is merely a stylized B, which is commonly featured on their hats. While this B looks good itself, another reason why I find it to be such a great logo is that in it’s shape and color scheme, it is a great illusion to their MLB affiliate, the Pittsburgh Pirates.
– Schaumburg Boomers
What exactly is a Boomer, you may ask? Yea, I asked that too, so I looked it up. A Boomer is the nickname for Greater Prairie Chicken, duh. So what does Schaumburg, Illinois have to do with the Greater Prairie Chicken? Well apparently at one time a lot of them roamed the area. Not so much now though, as they’re inching closer and closer to becoming endangered. So not only is this a great logo, but it’s also a beautiful homage to the bold, the wonderful… Greater Prairie Chicken.
– Montgomery Biscuits
Do I really need to describe what makes this logo so great? It’s a goddamn biscuit with legs. Imagine telling people you played for “the Biscuits”. You’d score so many women. Plus his tongue…is butter. Paula Deen should buy the team.
– Myrtle Beach Pelicans
I’m a sucker for nautical themed logos. I like how the pelican is looking over its shoulder, and the dock line framing the whole thing. The waves and the moon almost push it over the edge, but I think the colors really make it acceptable.
– Denver Cutthroats
Again with the nautical theme! I had no idea a cutthroat was a fish, but I’ve never done much freshwater fishing. Apparently it’s some sort of trout. I don’t know exactly WHY I like this logo, but it just seems awesome. It’s straightforward, which I appreciate. I appreciate simplicity. I guess that says a lot about me.
– Bradenton Juice
I like logos that reference local industries. It’s probably pandering at its best, but it adds a nice touch to a team identity. The orange looks almost TOO happy, but it is just friendly enough not to scare the shit out of the kids.
– Carolina Mudcats
My favorite minor league logo of all time. I like how the fish is coming out of the C. The whole logo just has the perfect amount of space to it. The tail sticking out the back gives it the ultimate edge. Plus the name. MUDCATS HOOOOOOOOOO!
1-5 Mike, 6-10 Ronnie
*edit (it was actually Connie Moreau wearing the Minnesota Moose jersey, not Julie. Props to Vitacavage!)