Yankees logo explained

The stylized N and Y interlocking initials are well known not only in the US. The Yankees logo is famous around the globe. As a matter of fact, I can reach back to my childhood memories. I remember when my grandmother sent me the first Yankee hat. All my friends would know what the logo stands for. It was cool to have a hat with the famous NY initials. But did you know that the New York Yankee logo actually predates Yankees?

Designed by Tiffany & Co.

The famous interlocking NY logo was created before Yankee even existed. It first was originally designed by Tiffany and Co. as part of a Medal of Valor for John McDowell, an NYPD officer who was shot in the line of duty in 1877.

The NY cap is a crown

The Yankee cap has become one of the most notable pieces of head-ware in pop culture. No doubt you can spot celebrities, artist, rappers and sport figures wearing a Yankee hat. Of course the Yankee cap is famous because the Yankees are famous. Moreover, they are one of the founding American League franchises and among the oldest franchises in baseball.

Therefore many people want to be associated with a proven winner. In fact, with a popular brand and a famous foreign sports team if they believe it makes them seem hip. So for this reason you can see many celebrities with a Yankee hat on. Ironically however, Jay-z in his song “Empire State of Mind” features the line “I made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can”. Find out here if he really does.

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The Yankee logo before and after

The primary logo was created in 1947 by sports artist Henry Alonzo Keller. The red logo consists of “Yankees” against a baseball. The name is written in a script font and with a bat forming the vertical line of the “k” letter. There is also an Uncle Sam hat hanging from the barrel. The current version of the Yankees logo first appeared in the 1970s. The logo was slightly changed over the years, but mainly stayed the same.


Most people probably believe there is only one version of the insignia. Strangely enough, most Yankee fans, in fact probably believe it too. But a guidelines document would clearly show there have been numerous amendments to it’s shape and proportions – many probably only noticeable through the eyes of a designer or when you look at the NY logo closely.

Three Yankees logo versions

Have you ever noticed that the logo actually has 3 different official versions? They differ slightly depending on were they are meant to be used. The first one and the most popular version is used on the caps. The second one is used extensively in marketing and is printed on the stadium. This one is more fancy. Uniquely, the N is larger and more curved, and the letters have large serifs at the end. And finally, to the third one apparent changes were done. This is used on the jerseys. The Y here is larger, the letters more blocky, and the curves more exaggerated.

Yankee logo - cap

Yankees logo cap

Yankee logo - print, stadium

Yankees logo print

Yankee logo - jersey

Yankees logo jersey

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