Philadelphia Phillies is a professional sports club for baseball players. Since 2000, part of the MLB. Until 1999, the club was a structural unit of NL, where it represented the Eastern Division. The team was founded in 1883. and today, the team’s base is still located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
This is the only franchise that has never changed the city and name. Its first owners are Al Reach and John Rogers. Starting from 1899, Rogers was the sole owner of the team and remained until 1903. Then Philadelphia Phillies went on to James Potter, who sold it to Bill Shettsline after two years. But he was not the owner for long – about four years.
Soon, the club acquired William Baker and disposed of it until 1930. The next owners were Gerald Nugent (1931-1942), William B. Cox, R. R. M. Carpenter (1943-1950). All the shares went solely to Robert Carpenter, who decided to change the stadium. But the players could only relocate in the 1970th. When Bob Carpenter retired, he transferred ownership to his son Ruly. And he subsequently ceded them to Phillies Limited Partnership. It happened in the 1981st year.
The final name of the team was formed a year after its founding – in the 1884th. Since the word “Philadelphia” did not fit in newspaper headlines, journalists began to shorten it to “Phillies arbitrarily.” This option took root and became official in the 1890th year. Even an attempt to give the franchise a different name (in 1943 – Blue Jays) could not overshadow it.
For more than 135 years of history, the club has replaced almost 16 logos. At the same time, the brand name has always had the shape of a circle, except the modern version, which appeared in the 2019th year. Its peculiarity is the absence of any hint of a region or a base city – there is only a fragment of an abbreviated name.
Meaning and History
What is Philadelphia Phillies?
Philadelphia Phillies is a representative of the National League East. It is a franchise of the Pennsylvania city of Philadelphia, the oldest sports team in the United States, which rarely changed its nickname. It was created in 1883 but has won only two World Series titles to date. And in 2015, the Phillies became the first club in MLB history to lose 10,000 matches.
Over a 130-year history (the franchise was created in 1890), Philadelphia Phillies has accumulated sixteen variants of official emblems. Most of them are very diverse and do not resemble previous versions in any way. The reason lies in the radical rebranding and redesigns associated with the transfer of the team from division to division, with the desire to find its face, choose a convenient name, and modernize the design.
The first Phillies logo depicted the usual blue block letter “P,” symbolizing the city of Philadelphia.
1901 – 1909
The color of the letter “P” changed from blue to black.
The green letter “P” was made in the Old English style after ten years of existence on the new club logo.
1911 – 1914
The club again returns to the image of a large red printed letter “P.”
1915 – 1937
In 1915, the logo was based on a graphic style image of a resident of Philadelphia in the middle of a dark blue baseball field. The drawing is inside the red ring that says Philadelphia National League. Baseball Club” in white.
After as many as 22 years, the same emblem is made completely yellow with subtle blue contours. Otherwise, the image and signature remained the same.
1939 – 1943
Again, an emblem depicting a Philadelphia baseball player changes the color palette. The main pattern takes on several gray and silver hues, but the ring is white. The team name is executed in yellow, with a thin black outline.
1944 – 1945
This logo depicts a blue jay sitting above the Phillies sign. The team’s name is red, and the dots above the letters “i” are replaced by red stars.
1946 – 1949
In 1946, the Phillies again changed the logo. Two baseball players are depicted on a red background. The first catch a flying white baseball, while the second tries to substitute a bandwagon for another player. Under the picture is the phrase “Fighting Phyllis,” as well as a white baseball bat.
1950 – 1969
The Phyllis logo has changed. Now the main part of the picture is occupied by a red corporate red cap with a white letter “P,” around which there is a thin blue circle with stars and a white baseball, as well as with a small inscription “Phillies” in red.
1970 – 1975
The eleventh club logo is the image of the red letter “P” with a white baseball in the middle. Also, below is the full name of the team.
1976 – 1980
In 1976, the short-lived talismans debuted Phil and Phyllis – children dressed in colonial blue robes. It can be seen that Phil throws a baseball and holds a bat, while Phyllis has a playing glove in his hand. The word “Phillies” in red is under the picture. His design is the same as on the previous logo.
The red letter “p” again returns to the logo, indicating the team’s name, with a baseball in the middle.
1982 – 1991
The letter “p” changes color from red to brown.
1992 – 2018
In 1992, the logo completely changed the concept. On a blue background with a red contour, the white silhouette of the Liberty Bell is depicted. The foreground is the word “Phillies” in red, where the letters “i” adorn the blue stars.
2019 – present
Today the franchise uses an incredibly simple logo with only the word “Phillies” in front of a Liberty Bell. This image was taken from the previous version – a sign on which, in addition to the bell, there was also a stadium with a red edging around the perimeter.
This choice reflects the national spirit of the team and the desire to accurately convey their roots, allowing you to tenaciously hold on to the past to look into the future confidently. The main highlight of the emblem is two stars that replace the dots at the letters “i.” The frame “ll” very effectively.
Font and Color of the Emblem
Throughout the history of the Philadelphia club, he has had logos with the letter “P” in several writing styles, depicting a Philadelphia resident throwing a ball, a blue jay, two athletes in the game, a baseball cap, and a Liberty Bell. The longest-used lettering attributes and an emblem in the form of a seal, where the striker is drawn.
A variety of styles means finding an option that instills confidence in the team and leads athletes to victory. The emblems also differ in design: there are strict versions, cartoonish, realistic, and even dash-like. Nowadays, a concise logo with a minimal set of details is in use: a cracked bell and a one-word inscription.
The word “Phillies” is written in the handwritten text – in italics, but without the classic slope to the right. The cap of the capital “P” is on the leg of the lowercase “h.” The hinges of the two “ll” are as close to each other as possible. Each “i” has a five-pointed star instead of a point, and “s” is depicted without a top lumen.
The color palette is the standard team: it includes blue (bell, stars), red (club name), and white (background, crack, and edging lines).