Texas Rangers is a professional baseball club that has been with MLB since 2000. The team is a member of AL, where it represents the Western Division and is based in Arlington, Texas. It was founded in 1961.
The real franchise house is the city of Washington. At that time, the club was called Washington Senators and was owned by Elwood Richard Quesada. In 1963, he sold it to Johnson and Lemon James. They disposed of the team until 1968. In 1969, the club became the property of Bob Short. It was he who opened a new era for the team, planning a move to Arlington.
On September 21, 1971, almost all AL members voted in favor of the move. At first, it was planned to leave the franchise in a new place only for the 1972 season, but life ordered it differently. In 1980, it was bought from Brad Corbett by oil tycoon Eddie Chiles and nine years later sold to an investment group led by George Bush and Richard Rainwater. The deal cost $ 89 million. From 1998 to 2010, the club owner was Tom Hicks, and then the Rangers Baseball Express, which still owns the team.
The team’s debut name was in no way associated with the rangers. Texas Rangers named her Robert Short in the 1971st year. The new name is given in honor of the famous Texas agency, created in 1823 by Stephen F. Austin.
Franchise branding went through several stages before becoming actual. The earliest version dates from the 1961st year. Even then, it was made in the basic colors – red, blue, and white. The remaining elements either disappeared or were recycled over time.
Meaning and History
Having come a long way from the Washington Senators to the Texas Rangers, the baseball team in the first and second cases associated their visual identity with the name. The debut logo was an athlete serving the ball in front of the Capitol building in Washington, where the senators sit. After the rebranding, there were options with a cowboy hat and an administrative map of Texas. Only the palette remained unchanged throughout the entire time: the combination of blue and red was approved in the year of the release of the original emblem.
1961 – 1971
The first logo in the history of the Washington franchise expansion, which lasted ten years until the team went to Texas in 1972, consists of a white circle, inside of which was the White House and a baseball player throwing the ball. The outline for the White House was made in blue ink and the outline for the player in red. Above the building was the inscription “The Senators.”
1972 – 1980
With the move to Texas, the club changes its name to Texas Rangers, and, accordingly, changes the concept of the logo. The new logo depicts a white ball with a cowboy hat on it. Above the picture is the name of the team in red. The outline of the drawing itself was completely blue.
A slightly modified version of the previous logo appeared in 1981. Artists have improved the graphics at the very drawing, which depicts a baseball and a cowboy hat, symbolizing Texas’s cowboy state. The inscription “Texas Rangers” remained in the same place, slightly changing its font.
1982 – 1983
The form of Texas was not accidentally taken as the basis for the new Rangers logo. Against the blue state background, two huge red “TRs” is located, and inside one of them is a small white star. A white ball is also symbolically present on the logo.
1984 – 1993
The 1984 logo is somewhat reminiscent of the previous logo because it also shows a blue drawing of Texas’s state, but now with the addition of a red and white outline around the edges. The letters “TR” were replaced by the word “Rangers,” made in italics in the center of the picture. Like the previous logo, a ball is also present on the emblem of these years.
1994 – 2002
The new logo made its diamond-shaped base with additional vertical thin stripes. The focus is on the silver five-pointed star, around which is a dark red ring. The phrases “Texas rangers” and “Baseball club,” which are placed on the red ring, share two small baseballs.
2003 – present
The modern version was created by New York-based designer Skilo Brands in consultation with the Rangers Baseball Express and approved by Major League Baseball. It was adopted in 2003 and is based on the previous version. The shape of the logo is a round stamp or a classic rondelle with an accent center and a circular inscription on a wide stripe.
In the center is a baseball with two herringbone stitches. It serves as the backdrop for the “T,” an Old English style with spiked protrusions. Next comes a two-color ribbon, divided by a thin line into red and blue zones. There are two stars at the top, and it says “Texas” at the bottom – “Rangers.” A thin edging strip runs along the edge.
Font and Color of the Emblem
There are seven different logos designed for the Texas Rangers. They are ungrouped by images: the first with Capitol, the next two with a cowboy hat, two more with the Texas state map, and the last pair of logos with a rondel. This evolution reflects the club’s management’s desire to find the most successful form – simple, understandable, and at the same time, meaningful, reflecting all the necessary information. In the 1972-1993 emblems, as in the current version, the baseball is depicted in real form. In the 1961-1971 and 1994-2002 versions, it is played in a round logo shape.
Handwritten typefaces are used in two emblems. In 1972, a version appeared with a streamlined printed font – without sharp transitions and corners, with smooth lines and serifs. Now one of the versions of the Old English writing of letters is in use – with horizontal spikes in the middle part.
The official palette was approved immediately and was always present unchanged. It consists of a combination of white, red, and deep blue.