The Tigers Will Have Uniformity In Their Uniforms This Season
The Detroit Tigers, who last summer we noticed use several versions of their traditional 'Olde English D' insignia, have decided on one and are changing everything to that.
The team announced Thursday that this season they will stick with just one version of the Olde English D. It's the version that has been on their caps for years. They're taking that version and putting it on their home jerseys, unifying the uniforms for the first time since the '30s.
Tigers executive vice president of business operations Duane McLean announced the change on the team's web site:
"This Olde English D honors the storied history of our ballclub, with its inspiration reaching back more than a century, We're thrilled to come together under this unified mark, which will be recognized as the official logo of the Detroit Tigers."
The press release went on to say:
The change unites two versions of the D that run similarly deep in Tigers lore, and ends a long history of lettering mismatches ever since the letter became an official part of the Tigers look in 1904. The version on the cap, with sharp edges and long tails on the left, was inspired by the original version (though that one had a curly tail at the bottom), and was put on the caps in 1968. It has been the D for the home caps since then, and for the road caps (in an orange version) for most of that time.
While most fans are either indifferent to the change or all for it, there are some people who will miss having the two or three different D's on the uniform.
Paul Lukas of the Athletic Aesthetics web site Uni-Watch said he'll miss the eccentricity of the whole mess:
It is, of course, ridiculous that a Major League Baseball team would have such a glaring logo inconsistency — and that’s precisely what I loved about it. It was a bizarre eccentricity that over the course of a half-century had become baked into the team’s DNA. Standardizing the “D” makes sense from a variety of practical standpoints, but sometimes things can become too standardized, too sterile, too rote. It feels like something charming has been lost.