Major League Baseball Productions

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum




1st Logo (May 31, 1977-1980)


Visuals: On a black background, the Major League Baseball logo zooms out. Then the text

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
FILM PRODUCTION

fades in below the logo.

Variant: Sometimes, the text below the logo will look like this

©MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
PRODUCTIONS [YEAR]

Technique: Camera-controlled animation.

Audio: The closing theme of the program (in the case of This Week in Baseball, it's "Gathering Crowds", composed by Mike Vickers).

Availability: Seen on MLB programs at the time, including early episodes of the original version of This Week in Baseball.

2nd Logo (1981-1993?)


Visuals: On a black background, the outline of the Major League Baseball logo zooms in while leaving a limited ray of trails and then a white dot zooms into the bottom left corner of the logo also leaving a trail. Afterward, the colors fade into the logo and the red text

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
PRODUCTIONS

vertically wipes in below the logo.

Variant: Sometimes, the text below the logo will look like this

©MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
PRODUCTIONS [YEAR]

or

©[YEAR] MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PRODUCTIONS

Technique: Cel animation.

Audio: The closing theme of the program.

Availability: Seen on later episodes of This Week in Baseball.

3rd Logo (March 19, 2002-2009?)

Visuals: A CGI version of the MLB logo zooms in on a black background. Below, the words "MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL" fade in and zoom out, emitting blue rays of light. "P R O D U C T I O N S" appears in the same fashion. Both words stop as the rays of light fade out and the MLB logo stops, and the text ends up arranged like this:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
P R O D U C T I O N S

The logo shines. Copyright information blurs in below, usually during the animation.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: The closing theme of the show.

Availability: Seen on Yankeeography and Yankeeography: History of the Yankees, both of which were broadcast on the YES Network. It is left intact on YES Network reruns of the shows. Most episodes of Yankeeography: Moments of Glory do not use this logo nor the next one.

4th Logo (2010-2015?)

Visuals: The MLB Productions logo from before flips in over a black background. The logo then shines, and a light moves from left to right below "P R O D U C T I O N S" as copyright information appears below.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: Same as before. On Yankeeography: Moments of Glory, some whoosh sounds are heard as well.

Availability: So far, seen on a 2010 Yankeeography episode and the Yankeeography: Moments of Glory episodes "Aaron Boone" and "Tino Martinez". It is left intact on YES Network reruns of the respective episodes.

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