Angels Primary Logo
The California Angels' primary logo history is a long and storied one, full of iconic visuals that have become synonymous with the team. From the classic halo to the modern “A”, each iteration has its own unique story to tell.
In 1961, when Gene Autry purchased the Los Angeles Angels from Phil Wrigley for $2 million dollars he decided on a new look for his team: an angel wearing a white baseball cap and holding two crossed bats over their head in front of an orange circle bordered by blue trim. This design was used until 1965 when it was replaced with another angel-based logo featuring an orange halo above them in place of the baseball hat; this remained as their primary emblem until 1970. In 1971 they switched again to feature just an interlocking “CA” inside of a red shield outlined by blue trim; this lasted through 1988 before being replaced once more in 1989 with yet another variation on angels — this time featuring wings instead of hats or halos — which stayed as their main insignia up until 1996 when they finally settled on what would become known as their most enduring image: A simple stylized letter “A” within two intersecting circles (one red and one silver).
Today, nearly 25 years after its introduction into popular culture via merchandise like t-shirts and caps emblazoned with it around Angel Stadium during home games at Anaheim Stadium (now Angel Stadium), The California Angels Primary Logo remains largely unchanged since 1996 - making it arguably one if not THE most recognizable logos among all professional sports teams today! Whether you are talking about fan apparel or stadium signage alike there can be no denying that The Halo's visual identity has achieved legendary status amongst both casual fans & diehard supporters alike - cementing itself firmly into MLB lore forevermore!
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1995 - 1996
The blue circle with silver trim was removed and the interlocking “CA” was enlarged. The “CA” is red with a white and blue outline.
1993 - 1994
After the “Big A” was removed from the parking lot in 1992, the Angels returned to their roots and re-adopted the interlocking “CA” logo with some differences. The Angels used the “CA” on against the traditional blue background circle with silver outline. The “A” has a silver halo on top. Designed with Major League Baseball Properties, the logo is similar to one the Angels had from 1965 – 1970.
1986 - 1992
In 1986, the Angels adopted the “Big A” a red letter with blue trim and a yellow halo around the “A.” The “A” is on top of a white baseball with red seams and a blue shadow of California in the background. A yellow star indicating the location of Anaheim.
1973 - 1985
In 1973 the Angels did some slight changes to the logo from 1971. The “A” in the scripted wordmark “angels” was lower-case and was changed to an upper case “Angels.” The star that indicated the location of Anaheim is now red and not yellow.
1971 - 1972
In 1971, the Angels adopted a logo that had the wordmark “angels” written diagonally on an outline of the State of California. A yellow halo hung around the top right corner of the state and a yellow star indicated the city of Anaheim.
1965 - 1970
The first California Angels logo was very similar to the previous “LA” logo. The only difference was instead of an interlocking “LA” letters, there was an interlocking “CA” letters.