Nov 13, 2009

The Birth of the Mets Logo

On November 16, 1961 forgotten sports cartoonist Ray Gatto unveiled the circular New York Mets logo, a symbol which has never been changed since its birth 48 years ago. The original Met team colors are of course blue and orange, the colors represent the two former N.L. teams who left New York for the West Coast. The orange represents the former New York Giants & blue the Brooklyn Dodgers.
The design is a round baseball with orange stitching and the Mets script lettering across the middle, also in orange.

The blue skyline in the background also has special meanings. At the left is a church spire, symbolic of Brooklyn, known as the borough of churches. The second building from the left is the Williamsburg Savings Bank, the tallest building in Brooklyn. Next to that is the Woolworth Building and a then a general skyline view of midtown Manhattan, featuring the Empire State Building, and at the far right the United Nations Building.

The white bridge is not supposed to be one specific bridge, but rather a representation of all bridges in the area. This is to also symbolize all boroughs of the city. An interesting note is that the Throgs Neck Bridge opened up the same year, 1961. In case you’re interested the Whitestone Bridge opened up in 1939, both opened in coincidence with upcoming World’s Fair's in Queens.

In 1966 the Mets used the logo on their left uniform sleeve. It was used for three seasons and replaced in 1969 with MLB logo. It has come & gone in that spot over the years. In 1999 the Mets dropped the small orange NY on the left side of the logo, located just above the curl of the letter M. That season they also started using the black colors, an alternate logo featured the skyline in black, with the Mets in blue lettering with an orange shade. The bridge remained white & the stitching remained orange.

1 comment:

MattR said...

I like the orange and blue combination better. They should go back to that.