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Old 11-30-2018, 12:37 PM
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Default MLB logo (1960 Topps Mantle)

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I'm not sure if this topic has already been discussed (I couldn't find any threads on it) but I have always wondered, was the MLB logo designed after the 1960 Topps All star Mickey Mantle? It always looked very similar to me.

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Old 11-30-2018, 12:49 PM
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Designed in 1968 according to wikipedia. Definitely looks similar, although the elbow protrusion seems to be the biggest difference.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_..._Baseball_logo
I had always heard Killebrew, and that's what people asked the designer. However, the Mantle is definitely close enough to be considered one of the sourced images.
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Similar indeed, but I believe the logo based on an image of Harmon Killebrew

https://www.businessinsider.com/harm...-legend-2011-5

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Old 11-30-2018, 01:01 PM
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I see - I was looking at the sleeve, hands on the bat, curve of the bat, physique, nose, hat, and where the image is cut off.. but I never noticed the elbow! I do see the difference now.

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It looks like a dead ringer for Pete Rose, but I have always heard it was 'based' (pun intended) on a photo of 'Killer.'
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Time for a bit of fun with a logic tangent:
The logo was obviously designed so the player could be perceived to be either a left handed or right handed batter (I have always seen a righty), but logically speaking this 'batter' is clearly a lefty. Why? If the graphic was an actual photograph, then you would have to take into account the position of the baseball. If the batter was a righty, the ball would be in the background (and based on perspective and distance, appearing smaller than normal), and conversely a lefty would have the ball in the foreground (appearing slightly larger). (Of course, it's assumed the pitch is over the plate and not way inside, way outside or about to hit the batter.) If the ball in the logo was in the background, the size wouldn't match up at all. In reality, it would be much too big, the size of a softball, whereas a ball in the foreground (closest to the viewer) would make it much closer to the actual size it should be. Conclusion: left hander.
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Time for a bit of fun with a logic tangent:
The logo was obviously designed so the player could be perceived to be either a left handed or right handed batter (I have always seen a righty), but logically speaking this 'batter' is clearly a lefty. Why? If the graphic was an actual photograph, then you would have to take into account the position of the baseball. If the batter was a righty, the ball would be in the background (and based on perspective and distance, appearing smaller than normal), and conversely a lefty would have the ball in the foreground (appearing slightly larger). (Of course, it's assumed the pitch is over the plate and not way inside, way outside or about to hit the batter.) If the ball in the logo was in the background, the size wouldn't match up at all. In reality, it would be much too big, the size of a softball, whereas a ball in the foreground (closest to the viewer) would make it much closer to the actual size it should be. Conclusion: left hander.
Fun 'tangent'! That's interesting and based on that, I agree, the batter was a lefty...unless...he was a switch hitter!
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Old 12-01-2018, 08:34 PM
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Fun 'tangent'! That's interesting and based on that, I agree, the batter was a lefty...unless...he was a switch hitter!
The bat and knuckles of the hand are behind the body. It is a righty and the profile looks like Killebrew.
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Old 12-01-2018, 11:48 PM
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Crazy, I was always under the impression that it was Clemente. Not sure if I heard that or read about it...
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