Some people find moving to another place a great event, while others have the opposite feeling. Kings’ team experienced the only successful period in its history in the original place of residence – in the town of Rochester in the west of the state of New York.
Sacramento Kings is one of the oldest basketball teams. It was founded as a semi-professional team back in the early 1920s in the city of Rochester, New York. In 1945, Rochester Royals club declared to the NLB, and three years later, it moved to the BAA, due to the merger of the BAA and the NBL. The name Royals was chosen because it won the competition for the name of the team, conducted by a local newspaper. A 15-year-old Richard Peat suggested the name for the team. In 1949, the Rochester Royals club became the part of the NBA. The colors immediately were changed to royal blue and white.
In Rochester, the club won the league championship twice (first the NBL, then the NBA), but by 1957 it had outgrown its modest homeland and left for a larger city – Cincinnati. The name wasn’t changed (and even was written on the emblem twice), and the colors also initially remained blue-white, until red was added to them. A version with a vertical inscription was also tested. But in the early 70s, it was replaced with a more familiar copy.
Then, the team was forced to move again. The point is that in Cincinnati, things didn’t go well, and the Royals decided to move to another place. But the team couldn’t decide where to go, so they went to two cities at the same time. For three seasons, from 1972 to 1975, the team was playing home games in two cities of the Great Plains – Kansas City and Omaha. At the same time, the name had to be changed, because there was already a baseball club called Royals in Kansas City even though it was a quarter-century younger. But baseball in America was a real king, and basketball players meekly transformed into a synonym – Kansas City-Omaha Kings. The form remained the same (nevertheless, it was until 1975, when the Kings settled in Kansas City, which name was added to T-shirts for some time).
Finally, in 1985, the club moved to California, the city of Sacramento. It is based there now. The name, of course, was changed to Sacramento Kings. The name Kings the team received while moving to Kansas City. The fact is that Kansas City Royals baseball club was already based in Kansas City, so a similar name was chosen – Kings. The only change in the image of the club was the change from blue to cyan (even though blue remained in the home form). Also, there was a crown instead of a dot above the letter i. In the early 90s, there was another throwback to basics, but then big changes were made – black and purple colors joined the emblem.
The first attempt was predictably awful, and the alternative version didn’t fix the situation (there is an assumption that the clothes of the royal jesters inspired designers). In the early 2000s, the purple color took the lead, and the crown point returned to the home T-shirt. The alternative golden form, introduced in 2005, was so strongly rejected by the fans that it immediately disappeared.
Sacramento Kings’ mascot is Slamson the Lion.
Sacramento Kings logo history
The shape and outlines of the current club logo were created back in 1972. Entire generations of Sacramento Kings fans grew up with the club. Unusual combinations of purple and gray draw people’s attention and distinguish the emblem against other logos. Therefore, the club is instantly recognized.
1946 – 1957
Seventy-three years ago, the first logo appeared for the basketball team from Rochester, New York that already existed at that time. It is worth noting that the logo was made following the example of the royal banner. A dark blue shield with a white outline was depicted on the logo. On the shield, there was the minimalist inscription “Rochester”. On top of the shield, designers placed a white ribbon with blue letters – ROYALS.
1958 – 1971
In 1958 the club moved to Cincinnati, Ohio and completely changed its logo. In the center, there was a ball with a cartoon face, with a hat on the character’s head. The hat contained the image of a minimalist version of Cincinnati city. Rochester’s team’s name was changed to Cincinnati. It was placed at the top of the emblem, and the word Royals – at the bottom. The whole picture was made exclusively in blue.
The next logo took root only for a year. Adhering to the name Royals, designers made reference to the royal symbolism – the crown, painted in red on the new emblem. At the bottom of the picture, there was a blue semicircle, resembling a ball. On the crown, there was the inscription “Royals” in white letters. Also, designers placed the name of the city in blue letters on top.
1973 – 1975
The team moved to Kansas City and changed its name to Kansas-city-Omaha Kings. The logo for the next two years was an upgraded version of the previous one. A crown and a ball were left on it, but the inscription “Royals” was replaced with Kings. Besides that, the name of the city was moved down and placed in a semicircle along with the ball in blue.
1976 – 1985
The main picture was moved from the previous logo again. But due to the change in the team’s name, it was called Kansas-city Kings. The name of the city was located over the logo.
1986 – 1994
Despite significant changes in the club, namely the move to Sacramento, the creators of the team’s logo decided to make almost no changes. For the crown, instead of red, a crimson hue was chosen. Of course, a replacement was made in the title from Kansas-city to Sacramento, but the word itself remained in the same place.
1995 – 2016
In 1994, it was decided to completely update the logo of the club. First of all, they changed colors: the main ones became purple, silver, black and white. The logo acquired a more fierce look. In the background, there was a silver crown with crossed spears behind. In the center, there was the word Kings, made in white letters with a blue border. A little higher from it, designers added an inscription “Sacramento” in smaller letters. Between the spears, just below the inscription, there was a small purple ball.
2016 – Present
The new club logo resembles the original one, used in 1985. Between the purple crown and the silver ball, there are the word Kings, placed in large purple letters. The word Sacramento is placed on the crown. It should be noted that the logo was designed in a minimalist style.