Nothing says spring is coming more than Major League Baseball’s spring training in Florida and Arizona. The Grapefruit League and Cactus League are in full swing, spring training games complete with embroidered patches.
There’s even an official logo patch for each of the spring training leagues in the Sunshine State and the Grand Canyon state.
Baseball has a long and colorful history that can be traced through embroidered patches and spring training plays a special part. Individual teams create their own spring training patches, based on location or even venue. Embroidered patches have been created to commemorate a team’s final season at a spring
training facility and are valued by major league collectors. In 2015, the Arizona Diamondbacks wore a black KAYLA patch during some spring training games in memory of Kayla Mueller, the young Arizona woman who died in captivity in Syria. That same year, the Philadelphia Phillies wore a spring training patch marking the centennial of Clearwater, Florida, their spring home.
The original idea for have a baseball pre-season was the brainchild of Chicago White Stockings (today’s Chicago Cubs) team President Albert Spalding and Cap Anson. In 1886, the White Stockings traveled to Hot Springs, Ark. to prepare for the upcoming baseball season. Practicing at the Hot Springs Baseball Grounds, the White Stockings had a successful season; other teams noticed and began holding spring training in Hot Springs, including the Cleveland Spiders, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Red Sox. The Philadelphia Phillies were the first of the current major-league teams to train in Florida in 1889; spring training in the Sunshine State began in earnest in 1913 with several teams.
Bill Veeck purchased the Cleveland Indians in 1946 and decided to buck tradition and train the team in Tucson, Arizona; he also convinced the New York Giants to give Phoenix a try, creating the Cactus League. Florida and Arizona now host all Major League Baseball teams for spring training,
but over the years, cities in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico have hosted, as have locales in California and other states.
Create your own baseball themed patch with The Chicago Embroidery Company. Check out our new website, www.c-emblem.com for a quote, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 312-664-4232 and we’d be happy to help with a design to produce a dynamic embroidered patch for your team this spring.