The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim unveiled a commemorative 50th Anniversary Baseball that will be used during all 2011 home games at Angel Stadium. The Rawlings Official Major League Baseballs feature the same commemorative 50th Anniversary logo found on the sleeve patch that will adorn 2011 Angels jerseys and the patches on the side of the team’s official New Era game hats. The announcement was made today via press release, posted on losangeles.angels.mlb.com.
Not only will this add to the 50th Anniversary celebration at Angel Stadium, it will offer fans the unique opportunity to collect a piece of 50th memorabilia for every home run or foul ball that leaves the ballpark. During the course of an 81-game home schedule, the Angels use over 4,400 baseballs per season (on average).
The first photo was made available from the Angels site.
The commemorative logo on the ball mirrors the 50th Anniversary logo in one-color, and makes for an excellent design on the lower panel of the Official Selig-stamped MLB ball. Blue stamping of course. As always, we’ll update this post with better photos once we receive our order of these baseballs. We’ll hoping to have a dozen in March. Additional information about this special mark, from the team’s official site:
Official 50th Anniversary Logo 1961-2011
Many factors were important to the Angels when developing the 50th Anniversary logo. These considerations include:
- The Gold Halo, signifying the club’s Golden Anniversary. It also pays homage to the Gold Halo used in past Angel logos and uniforms.
- The number 50, which sits predominantly beneath the halo to signify the key message of the 2011 season: celebrating 50 years of Angels Baseball.
- The ribbon resting below to emphasize Angels heritage and celebrate the club’s expansion in 1961 through 2011 prosperity.
- Finally, the “A” logo and use of the color red emphasize the current era of Angels Baseball and brand imagery.
In addition to a Golden Halo on club lettering and team hats, Angel uniforms in 2011 will feature a commemorative 50th Anniversary patch on the right sleeve of Angel home, road and alternate red jerseys. The logo will also be affixed to the left side of team hats.
For more details, the complete release can be found here. Additionally, more information about the season long 50th Anniversary celebration is available here. Commemorative baseball collectors and Angels fans will be interested to learn, this is the first regular season special event ball used exclusively by the Angels. It gives the organization 8 total commemorative game balls overall, including All-Star Game, World Series and Spring Training Special Event Baseballs.
The complete list of baseballs by team, a BigLeagueBaseballs.com exclusive, can be found on our site. This bumps the Angels into a tie, temporarily, for 9th most commemorative baseballs along with the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers. They’ll all drop to 10th once the Arizona Diamondbacks release their four All-Star Game event commemorative balls (2011 All-Star Game, All-Star Futures Game, Home Run Derby and Home Run Derby Gold).