Atlanta Braves Logo
Atlanta Braves is one of the oldest baseball teams in America, at least amongst the still living examples. They are based in Atlanta, the capital of Georgia. As such, the Braves have long been among the best teams in the region. Presently, they are considered the best team in the Eastern States.
Meaning and History
The team in 1871 in Boston, and it was their homeland until 1952. Since 1912, they’ve been known as Boston Braves, and it wasn’t until 1966 that they finally moved to Atlanta to assume their current name of Atlanta Braves. The ‘Brave’ in this context means an Indian warrior, which was where they took inspiration for their branding from.
1883 – 1888
In 1883, they introduced the first logo. It was simply the name of their hometown, Boston, written in blocky capital letters and curved upside. All of these letters were painted bright red.
1889 – 1896
It’s pretty much the same logo, but colored dark blue instead of red, as previously seen.
1897 – 1899
In 1897, they decided to use just the capital ‘B’ in dark blue. This font wasn’t blocky anymore. Instead, they used a more elaborate, gothic style – probably to symbolize tradition.
1900 – 1901
Another color shuffle followed in 1900. This time, they changed the logo from blue to bright red.
1901 – 1906
Unable to settle on something, the team decided to introduce the very first logo they had, again.
1907 – 1908
It was the 1900 logo all over again, but with minor illustrative changes.
1908 – 1909
The font changed to a more mechanical and geometric style for a season.
1909 – 1910
This time, they picked the ‘B’ from the full team emblem and put it over the baseball with blue seams and outlines all over it.
1910 – 1911
Once more, the initial logo was returned.
1911 – 1912
Again, they used an old gothic ‘B’ in blue for a season.
1912 – 1915
As you remember, the team changed the name to Boston Braves in 1912, and that called for a suitable emblem. They used an illustration that depicted a profile of an Indian chieftain with a feathered headwear. The two dominant colors were white and red (naturally).
1916 – 1920
It’s the same logo as before, but put onto a dark blue circle as background.
1921 – 1924
The design resembles an old ‘mechanical’ logo from 1908, although this time they used blue instead of red.
1925 – 1928
Where the previous logo was noticeable wider, they made this attempt slimmer again. It was, in fact, slimmer than even the initial design from 1908.
1929 – 1935
In 1929, they decided to implement an Indian’s head as a logotype again. They added a lot of color this time, however. The skin became bronze, while a feathery headwear was now a multicolored mix of red, yellow, green and blue.
1936 – 1937
The 1936 logo is similar to the 1925 one, except it’s mostly yellow with some white and blue on it.
1938 – 1939
It’s much like the previous one, but much blockier and square for some reason.
1939 – 1940
The 1939 season emblem is mostly the same shape as 1938, but red with a thick blue outline.
1940 – 1941
An old gothic ‘B’ colored in blue, once more.
1941 – 1944
The same design with minor changes.
1945 – 1952
The inspiration for this attempt was obviously the previous Native American’s head they used. This one also has a dark skin, a red feather headwear and several colorful attachments in green and yellow.
1953 – 1955
There were a few minor changes this time around. The only reason for adjustments was the team’s move to Milwaukee. They also changed their name to Milwaukee Braves there.
1956 – 1965
In 1956, they finally created something new – again a head of a Native American warrior, but this time with realistic facial features. It was basically a head with the closed eyes and a wide-opened mouth (likely meant to be screaming). The face was mostly red, although the lines were dark blue, including the ones that made up the feather in this hair.
1966 – 1967
It was the first Atlanta emblem, and the only change that happened in 1966 was the skin change – where it was red before, it became dark brown.
1968 – 1971
In 1968, they added the word ‘Braves’ to the logo they used prior. It was a hand-written, fluid lettering in blue and with a red outline.
1972 – 1984
What they did in 1972 is add a blue square behind the ‘screaming head’ emblem. Simultaneously, the emblem itself was made bicolor, with red and white being the only two colors now. The same happened to the writing below, although it also had a blue outline to match the background.
1985 – 1986
In 1985, the writing was shifted to the left slightly and given a slight tilt to the right. The font also changed slightly, but not too much.
1987 – 1989
In 1987, the color palette changed all over the logo. All the colors were now much darker than before, and that’s pretty much it.
1990 – 2017
The 1990 saw the biggest change yet.
They discarded the Indian head as an emblem, but instead opted for a different Native American symbol. It was an ancient red hatchet colored in red with some blue inlays and yellow strings that held the thing together. To its left and up was the old Braves writing, but repainted to red and blue and slightly rotated.
2018 – today
They really just put the writing a bit closer to the writing for the 2018 season and onwards, and that was all that warranted the updated version.
Emblem and Symbol
The other notably symbol utilized by the brand (besides the main logotype) is the twisting capital ‘A’ set in different colors. Since 1990, it was mainly red and blue to match the logo, but there are also other options, not to mention some variations that change parts of the design.