Expos Primary Logo
The Montreal Expos are a professional baseball team that began playing in the National League East division in 1969. They were the first Major League Baseball (MLB) team to be based outside of the United States and they played their home games at Olympic Stadium until 2004 when they moved to Washington, D.C., becoming known as The Nationals. Throughout their time in Montreal, The Expos had several different logos representing them over time which evolved with changing times and trends within baseball culture.
The original logo for The Expos was designed by Tony La Russa who was an artist from Los Angeles working for MLB’s marketing department at the time it was created. It featured a red “M” made up of two curved lines with an orange circle behind it containing white stars on either side of two crossed bats forming an “X” shape inside it all framed by a blue ring outlined with white trimming around its circumference. This logo remained unchanged until 1991 when minor changes were made such as removing some details from the inside circle and adding more emphasis on lettering; this version is often referred to as "the classic" due to its lasting popularity among fans even after multiple redesigns throughout the years following the 1991 design change.
In 2002, another major shift took place where bright colors used before such as blues, oranges, greens, etc., were replaced by dark navy blue & light gray color scheme along with a new font style being introduced which caused mixed reactions amongst fans but eventually grew popular over next few years leading up to the final season in 2004 before moving out of Canada. As we look back now almost 20 years later since the last redesign happened; one can see how much impact the primary logo has had not only during those times but also today, especially amongst older generations who remember watching expos play while growing up or living near the Montreal area during that period.
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1992 - 2004
The “eMb” or “M” logo in red, white and blue on top of a white with red seams baseball inside a red and blue ring with a wordmark “MONTREAL EXPOS” in white lettering.
Todd Radom Design: Expos Resource Links
Major League Baseball's Montréal Expos were born 45 years ago this week. They played their final season in Canada in 2004 before shifting to Washington the following season and becoming the Nationals. Montréal was granted an expansion franchise by the National League on May 27, 1968. Five cities were in the running for two new NL franchises: San Diego, Montréal, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Milwaukee, and Buffalo. Montréal was a decided underdog; an Associated Press story published on the morning of the formal vote declared that "Montréal, at present, simply doesn't figure." The franchise was officially announced as having been named "Expos" on September 5, 1968 and their logo and caps were unveiled at a press conference on January 15, 1969. Read More...
1969 - 1991
For almost 40 years the team held on to this awesome logo because it was smart and looked great from Expos de Montreal Baseball. Interwoven script pieces all come together to abbreviate the full name of the team. “eMb” in red white and blue forming a “M.” A wordmark “expos” in blue at the bottom.