The Baltimore Orioles are reportedly changing their uniforms to get closer to their glory days, according to a report from Roch Kubatko of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, by bringing back a more cartoon-like bird logo.
The Orioles sported a goofy, cartoonish bird logo on their ballcaps from 1966 to 1989, a span that encompassed some of the best years in the franchise's history. In 1989, the "cartoon bird," as the logo is generally called, was replaced by what the team's website calls an "Ornithologically Correct Bird" -- that is, a bird that looked more like a bird and less like a comic strip. That bird has undergone a couple of revisions in the intervening years, but has stayed firmly in the more realistic vein.
For the 2012 season, Kubatko reports, the Orioles will be debuting an all-new cartoon logo as part of their day-to-day uniforms.
According to a source, the logo won't replicate the birds from the 1970 and 1983 caps, but it will be a variation of the two, taking certain qualities of both to create the new cartoon image.