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    Ancient History of the New York Yankees: the Hat in the Ring logo.

    Have you ever heard of Eddie Rickenbacker's 94th Aero Squadron in World War One? The 94th was a US military airwar squadron on the Western Front, France, during WW1.

    The squadron logo of the 94th was the "Hat in the Ring" logo. The idea behind the logo was that, since the USA was a late-comer to the war, it could be said that the USA threw its hat into the ring -- the "ring" being the war.

    Just so happens that, a sports artist inspired by 94th Aero Squadron "Hat in the Ring" logo modified it and created the Yankees Uncle Sam hat and bat in a ring.

    Is this a well-known bit of Yankees trivia, or, do many fans not know about this?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/94th_Aero_Squadron
    Last edited by Craig C; 09-23-13 at 09:42 PM.

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    Re: Ancient History of the New York Yankees: the Hat in the Ring logo.

    Quote Originally Posted by Craig C View Post
    Is this a well-known bit of Yankees trivia, or, do many fans not know about this?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/94th_Aero_Squadron
    I did not know this. Much more has been written about the origins of the interlocking NY.

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    Re: Ancient History of the New York Yankees: the Hat in the Ring logo.

    Very interesting. Here's the logo for the "94th" Aero Squadron:



    And the Yankees "Bat in the Hat" logo:



    That logo may have first been drawn on a bar napkin around 1947 at the 21″ Club, for team owner Dan Topping, who was a frequent "21" Club customer.

    That's the claim of the family of Sam Friedman, an artist employed at 21″ during the 40s and 50s.

    This is all in a NY Times article from October 16th, 2009.

    http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/20...ees-logo/?_r=0

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    Re: Ancient History of the New York Yankees: the Hat in the Ring logo.

    Quote Originally Posted by LongtimeNYYFan View Post
    Very interesting. Here's the logo for the "94th" Aero Squadron:



    And the Yankees "Bat in the Hat" logo:



    That logo may have first been drawn on a bar napkin around 1947 at the 21″ Club, for team owner Dan Topping, who was a frequent "21" Club customer.

    That's the claim of the family of Sam Friedman, an artist employed at 21″ during the 40s and 50s.

    This is all in a NY Times article from October 16th, 2009.

    http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/20...ees-logo/?_r=0
    Am I the only one to have heard of this correlation? I heard of this connection many years ago.

    If I am the only one who has heard of this notion that the 94th emblem/logo inspired the NY Yankees emblem/logo, then, I might be wrong about this.

    I cannot recall where I heard or read about this connection.

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    Re: Ancient History of the New York Yankees: the Hat in the Ring logo.

    Quote Originally Posted by Craig C View Post
    Have you ever heard of Eddie Rickenbacker's 94th Aero Squadron in World War One? The 94th was a US military airwar squadron on the Western Front, France, during WW1.

    The squadron logo of the 94th was the "Hat in the Ring" logo. The idea behind the logo was that, since the USA was a late-comer to the war, it could be said that the USA threw its hat into the ring -- the "ring" being the war.

    Just so happens that, a sports artist inspired by 94th Aero Squadron "Hat in the Ring" logo modified it and created the Yankees Uncle Sam hat and bat in a ring.

    Is this a well-known bit of Yankees trivia, or, do many fans not know about this?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/94th_Aero_Squadron
    Very interesting... thanks for posting!

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