The History and Evolution of the Seattle Mariners Logo

The Seattle Mariners have quite the storied history. They might not have been playing in Major League Baseball for as long as the Yankees and Dodgers have, but that does not negate the fact that they have already some great seasons behind them. They played their first game back in April of 1977. It was a sold out crowd of more than 57,000 screaming fans that would see them lose to the California Angels by a lopsided score of 7-0.

That first season would be rough, but the fans have stuck behind them through thick and thin. This is one team that has never moved from Seattle, and there are no indications that it is planning to any time in the near future. Perhaps this is why the team logo has remained so stable for nearly four decades. That being said, there have been some changes to it made over time. Here is a brief and evolution of the Seattle Mariners logo over time.

Seattle Mariners Logo from 1977 to 1979

The logo from in inaugural season of the Mariners is much different than the one you see today, but it was nonetheless creative. This original logo was based on a circle. The inside of the circle was filled with a hello background color. The border of the circle was actually a navy blue color. Inside the circle was the team name spelled in a blue, modern font ‘Seattle Mariners’. The ‘M’ stood apart as a trident style fond, indicative of a pitchfork. Underneath the team’s name was written ‘BASEBALL CLUB’ in a smaller font that was still blue, but not in bold.

Seattle Mariners Logo from 1980 to 1986

The first logo that Mariners had was in use for the first two seasons. The team opted for a complete redesign of the logo after that time in order to modernize the colors a bit. In fact, the entire logo would be different to a certain degree. The circle was out. In its place came a star outlined in blue. The interior of the star would be left white. Inside the start was the iconic ‘M’. This letter would once again be trident shaped, and it would be filled in with the same blue color that outlined the star. The yellow would remain just a bit, as it would from the trim around the ‘M’. This would be the logo that would stay with the team through the mid-80s.

Seattle Mariners Logo from 1987 to 1992

You will notice that when the Mariners decide to change something, they go at with all hands on deck. Little remains from previous logos, except for possibly the color. In this case, the Mariner’s scrapped the star from their logo altogether with the start of the 1987 baseball campaign. In its place would actually be a baseball. The ball would be highlighted in navy blue, including the seams. Inside the ball would be the moniker ‘M’s’. This is different than in the past, as the plural form of the letter was introduced. Both letters and the apostrophe would be filled in with a blue color, while the trim would once again be yellow. That would be the one constant of the first three logos: Blue and Yellow to one degree or another.

Seattle Mariners Logo from 1992 to Present

To date, the Mariners would change their logo just one more time. This time, the change came in time for the 1993 season, and it would once again result in a total redesign of the logo. The logo as we know it today is comprised of an 8-pointed compass. This compass actually rests right on top of a baseball. The word mark ‘SEATTLE MARINERS’ is encircled around a northwest green ring that has a metallic silver color. That is followed by white and then a metallic silver outline to give the finishing touches. This logo was actually a joint effort between the Mariners and Major League Baseball.

So, there you have it. The Mariners has not changed their logo very many times. It is about due for another one? Only the club knows the answer to that. For now, you can read through these logo changes and get a feel for the direction that the team has been heading. Which one is your favorite?


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