Washington Nationals is a professional baseball player team that is part of MLB. The club represents the East Division NL. The team was formed in 1969 and is based in Washington, DC.
She began her career in Montreal as the Montreal Expos, which was founded by Charles Bronfman. After 22 years, the franchise was acquired by Claude Brochu. It belonged to him for eight years – from 1991 to 1999. Then again, the change of ownership took place: Jeffrey Loria bought it. The business owner was in the majority owner’s status until he made a deal with MLB on the complete transfer of rights to the team. This event dates back to the 2002nd year.
This was the first step to moving, as the club required a more confident and solvent manager to avoid disbandment. In September 2004, Major League Baseball announced that the franchise was slated for relocation to the District of Columbia, but the former owners tried to appeal the decision. However, MLB put an end to all lawsuits: on December 3, 2005, other teams approved the Montreal Expos move to Washington.
When Theodore N. Lerner became the owner of the club (in 2005), he first hired Stan Kasten, appointing him as president. He planned to radically review the roster to bring new players to the new stadium. With the change of location, the name of the franchise also changed: it has since been known as Washington Nationals.
The club had two logos that were repeated in different modifications: one appeared in the foundation year, the other after moving. The debut version contained the capital “M” and the combination “e” plus “b.” The logo was well recognized, so it remained in use for over 30 years. Having received a new name, the team changed the previous graphic sign to the letter “W.”
Meaning and History
The Washington Nationals team appeared back in 1969, and it was then called the Montreal Expos. Throughout its history, the club has changed only four logos, the last of which was approved in 2011. The letter “W” on the logo has been part of their identity from the beginning of the 1990s.
1969 – 1991
For the first 40 years, the Montreal Expos club used this particular logo, which looked great on the Expos de Montreal Baseball. The interlaced red, white, and blue letters “EMB” correspond to the phrase Expos de Montreal Baseball. Under them, in blue block letters, the word “expos” is made.
1992 – 2004
In 1992, the team changed the logo for the second time. The logo was based on the letters “EBM,” which were present on the previous logo and placed in a classic white baseball (ball). The ball itself is located inside the red-blue ring, on which the full name of the “Montreal Expos” team is written.
2005 – 2010
Washington Nationals replaced the name of the team, and, accordingly, the logo concept was changed. The main part is occupied by the inscription “Nationals” in white with a red-blue outline, and above it is the word “Washington” in white with a red background. A white baseball ball is visible from under the inscription, around which is a blue ring with nine white stars.
2011 – present
The current emblem of Washington Nationals appeared based on previous versions. It is minimalistic and modern. The graphic style of the central element has something in common with the Neutraface Text Bold font. It is depicted in deep red and is located on a white background.
Around it is two lines of equal size, followed by a wide dark blue stripe. It is written in large letters “WASHINGTON” (above) and “NATIONALS” (below). Words are separated by two stars placed on the right and left. A burgundy border surrounds the outside of the logo.