Major League Identity
What is it that makes the Philadelphia Phillies such a prominent and beloved figure in the City of Brotherly Love? Is it the players? The stadium? The history? The winning record? The facial hair? Sure, these things all play a huge role in the Phils’ success, but there’s one more factor that puts them among the most successful brands in the US…their major league identity.
Having been around for over 100 years, the Phillies are a heritage brand. Their logo has wisely played off this heritage by remaining simple, bold and similar for decades—making it one of the smartest identities in major league baseball. They essentially own not only the script capital P, but the red, white and blue color palette as well. Theirs is a logo that stands not just for a major league sports team, but the identity of a city. Fans and non-fans alike can be seen wearing the brand throughout Philadelphia and surrounding areas.
When the Phillies play at home, South Philadelphia becomes a fashion show. The sheer amount of team merchandise you’ll see on fans is mind-boggling. You’ll see logos and colors from all decades of team history. There is literally something for everyone… designer graphic tees, vintage distressed jerseys, pink rhinestone hats, infant onesies, purses & iPhone covers visible throughout the stadium. The diversity in looks paired with a highly recognizable logo add up to one unified Phillies brand identity. This is because the team knows that with such a long history, their merchandise, banners and even signage need to appeal to a wide audience. So by offering something for everyone, they remain relevant to…EVERYONE.
All of this adds up to a wildly successful brand experience—one that attracts 45,000 plus customers each and every homegame—and it all starts with a simple identity.