Claws Logo History
The Baltimore Claws are a professional basketball team based in the city of Baltimore, Maryland. The team has been around since 1975 and is part of the American Basketball Association (ABA). As such, they have had several different logos over their long history.
The original logo for the Claws was designed by artist Frank Frazetta and featured a fierce-looking hawk with its wings spread out wide as it clutched an orange basketball in its talons. This design served as an homage to both nature’s beauty and strength that is found within Maryland’s state bird - The Bald Eagle - while also conveying intensity through its sharp claws gripping onto a ball representing sport's power to bring people together from all walks of life.
In 2011, after 36 years with this same logo, the organization decided to switch things up by introducing their new “claw mark” emblem which features two curved lines resembling claws coming together at one point on top of an orange circle containing three stars – each star representing one decade that this franchise has been playing competitively within ABA leagues throughout America! While some fans may miss seeing Frazetta's work on display every game day; many have embraced this fresh look which celebrates not only past successes but looks forward into future ones too!
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1975 - 1976
Yellow lobster claws grabbing a ABA basketball inside a green letter “C.” Wordmark above and below the letter “C” “BALTIMORE CLAWS.”
Unused nickname and logo
A hand with a basketball inside a large letter “h” with a wordmark “HUSTLERS” in red and “BALTIMORE” in white.