New York Mets is an American professional baseball club. It is included in MLB, being a member of the East Division NL. The team was founded in 1961/1962 and is located in New York.
The reason for the appearance of the team was the relocation of two MLB teams, which negatively affected the image of the city. As a result, one of the first expansion franchises was formed, replacing the clubs that left New York after the 1957 season.
The first owner of the team is Joan Whitney Payson. The franchise belonged to her until 1975 and then transferred to Charles Shipman Payson. In the 1980s, it was acquired by Doubleday & Co, and then by Nelson Doubleday Jr. and Fred Wilpon. Since 2002, Wilpon has disposed of it alone.
The name of the club is given in honor of the New York Metropolitans. Its founders asked the public to choose a suitable name, as a result of which they received 2,563 postal messages and 9,613 proposals. In the end, there were ten versions, among which were Mets – an abbreviated form from the English “metro.”
For advertising purposes, George Weiss announced a media competition for an idea for a logo. A lot of people responded. The franchise owner chose the option he liked best. Ray Gatto, the famous cartoonist, turned out to be its author. Using this idea, he added his own and asked Lon Keller, the artist of Spencer Marketing Services, to finalize the concept. The final logo appeared in the year 1962 and has not changed much since then: there were only three minor modifications.
New York Mets logo history
- 1962-19922% 1 / 47
- 1993-199829% 14 / 47
- 1999-present68% 32 / 47
Mr. George Weiss, the former general manager of the Yankees club, would be hired as the new president of Mats. For advertising purposes, George Weiss announced in all types of media, especially in newspapers, a competition to create a new logo for the club. The winner was Ray Gotto. Weiss himself had several ideas that he asked to include in the team logo. On the logo itself, every building and element has value. On the left is the spire of the church, the symbolism of Brooklyn and the area of churches; the second building on the left is Williamsburg Savings Bank, the tallest building in Brooklyn; nearby is the Woolworth building; in the far right corner is the UN building. The basic concept was introduced by Ray Gott and logo creator Sal Lon Keller.
1962 – 1992
The first logo, which eventually became the prototype for all subsequent ones, shows a white with an orange outline baseball, inside which is a view of Brooklyn. As mentioned earlier, each of the buildings is really in that order and corresponds to real buildings. A white bridge is visible in the foreground. In the lower-left corner, you can see two small orange letters, “NY,” and in the very center, the word “Mets” in orange.
1993 – 1998
The second logo of the team has undergone minor updates in color. Orange has become darker and more saturated, as well as blue.
1999 – Present
All the symbols of the club, starting with the debut, have the outlines of iconic architectural objects and key skyscrapers of New York. The Spiers of the churches, Williamsburgh Savings Bank, the buildings of the United Nations, Woolworth, Empire State is recognizable in blue shades. Against the background of stylized outlines, the famous bridge is visible. It conveys the idea of uniting all corners of the city and is a symbol of a strong connection between them.
Over the white bridge, on the dark blue figures of the most important skyscrapers from 5 districts of New York, the inscription “Mets” is displayed. The word is presented in the form of calligraphic handwriting. The interlacing of the letters “NY,” which was on the left, was deleted in this version. The bridge spans became wider. The shape of the baseball is preserved, as are two characteristic lines passing through it. A border surrounds the outer edge of the logo. The brand colors of the team remained the same – a combination of white, blue Dodgers, and orange Giants.