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25 of the Best Defunct Logos in Sports History

Creating a sports logo four or five decades ago wasn’t a dramatic and publicized process like it is now. And there was rarely a barbaric crowd waiting to rip new boring designs limb-by-limb (yes, we’re looking at you, Cleveland Browns).

Despite less emphasis on brand engagement and awareness, logos from long ago still reside among the best all-time, as do those from those from most recent memory, including the gloriously flamboyant 1990s.

Here are 25 of the best defunct logos from the MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL of all-time:

Denver Nuggets – 1981-1993

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Chicago White Sox – 1976-1990

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Anaheim Mighty Ducks – 1993-2005

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Atlanta Braves – 1968-1971

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Denver Nuggets – 1974-1981

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Houston Astros – 1977-1993

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Detroit Pistons – 1996-2001

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Pittsburgh Steelers – 1962-1968
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Cincinnati Reds – 1954-1960

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 1976-1996

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Milwaukee Brewers – 1978-1993

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Seattle SuperSonics – 1995-2001

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San Diego Padres – 1969-1984

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Cleveland Browns – 1959-1969

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Denver Broncos – 1970-1996

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New England Patriots – 1961-1992

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San Diego Chargers – 1961-1973

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San Francisco 49ers – 1946-1967

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Seattle Seahawks – 1976-2001

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Cleveland Cavaliers – 1983-1994

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New York Islanders – 1995-1997

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Memphis Grizzlies – 2001-2004

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Portland Trail Blazers – 1970-1990

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Montreal Expos – 1969-1991

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Seattle Mariners – 1981-1986

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