Logos Round and Round

There are many ways, perhaps infinite ways, to visually represent the entirety of the Minor League Baseball ecosystem. One could place each team’s logo on a map of the area they represent, group them by league, affiliate or classification, or simply make an alphabetical list from Aberdeen to Wisconsin. (It’s really too bad that the Carolina Mudcats don’t call themselves the Zebulon Mudcats, as they are the only team operating in a town that starts with “Z”.)

But I’ve never seen a better way to represent the world of Minor League Baseball than the Isaac Newton-inspired visual feast published today by Chris Creamer’s Sportslogos.net.

I hate saying “behold” in blog posts because it smacks of clickbait condescension, but this really should be beheld:

The Minor League Baseball Logo Colour Wheel (yes, “colour”, as Sportslogos.net is based is Canada, where some words are not spelled properly).

2016-Minor-League-Baseball-Colour-Wheel2Speaking as one who has become accustomed to routinely seeing his blog posts repurposed by other websites (thanks for the “h/t” at the end of the post, I guess) I’d strongly encourage you to visit the original “Colour Wheel” post. The Colour Wheel was created by SportsLogos.net contributor Paul Caputo, who gets bonus points for using the word “embiggen.” (It’s a perfectly cromulent word.)

To be quite honest, I’m not exactly sure what a color wheel is. Let’s learn together, via the unimpeachable and virtually infinite reservoir of information that is Wikipedia: 

By C. B. (probably Claude Boutet) - Traité de la peinture en mignature (The Hague, 1708), reproduced in The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3359814

By C. B. (probably Claude Boutet) – Traité de la peinture en mignature (The Hague, 1708)

A color wheel is:

“[An] abstract illustrative organization of color hues around a circle that shows relationships between primary colors, secondary colors, tertiary colors etc….”[A]rtists typically use red, yellow, and blue primaries (RYB color model) arranged at three equally spaced points around their color wheel.Intermediate and interior points of color wheels and circles represent color mixtures. In a paint or subtractive color wheel, the “center of gravity” is usually (but not always) black, representing all colors of light being absorbed; in a color circle, on the other hand, the center is white or gray, indicating a mixture of different wavelengths of light (all wavelengths, or two complementary colors, for example).

The arrangement of colors around the color circle is often considered to be in correspondence with the wavelengths of light, as opposed to hues, in accord with the original color circle of Isaac Newton.

Okay. Cool. As for the Minor League Baseball “Colour” Wheel, I think my biggest takeaway is that the industry is “bluer” than I had imagined. Also, that it would make for a really cool blacklight poster.

Kudos once again to Paul Caputo and sportslogos.net, who have done Canada proud with this “labour” of love. Did you know that the country has a “Double-Eh” team? It’s true:

Wikipedia

Wikipedia

Another awesome joke by me. I’m gonna celebrate by listening to Zed Zed Top at full volume.

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3 Comments

Very creative post. Nice job Ben

Just discovered your blog and have subscribed to it. Have you considered covering Indy baseball? Hope you can make it up to Canada’s Capital – Ottawa, this summer?
Paul in Ottawa, Canada…Eh?

Hi Paul —

I’d love to visit Ottawa — and Canada in general — but indy ball is outside of my jurisdiction. I only cover affiliated clubs. Thanks for subscribing!

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