Does the name Jerry Dior ring a bell? For most of you; probablly not. I had never heard of him until I read a blog entry by Zack Hample. As I found out in Zack’s entry, Jerry Dior was the creator of the well known MLB logo of today. After reading the entry, I couldn’t stop the flood of questions that entered my mind. How was he chosen to design the logo? How long did it take to design it? Was there a logo before his? The questions went on and on. So I decided to email him, to find out the answers first hand, from the man who created it.
I recieved a reply the next day.(This all occured in December.) All of my questions were finally answered:
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO DESIGN THE LOGO?
“I did the sketch in one afternoon.”
DID YOU DESIGN THE LOGO WITH THE RED, WHITE AND BLUE COLOR SCHEME?
“I did 2 color concepts. One in blue and green for the sky and ground and one in red, white and blue to represent the national game of baseball.”
HOW WERE YOU CHOSEN TO DESIGN THE LOGO?
“I worked for a design company as one of their graphic designers. As the projects came in they assigned an available designer. It just happened that I was available to work on that MLB project.”
WAS THERE AN MLB LOGO BEFORE YOURS?
“There was an MLB logo used from 1960 to 1968.”(CLICK HERE….If you want to see the logo used from 1960 to 1968.)
WHY DID MLB WANT A NEW LOGO?
“MLB wanted the design to celebrate the 100th anniversary of baseball in 1969.”
I was VERY happy that I finally had the answers to my questions. But wait! There’s more. As I finished reading the email, a certain sentence caught my eye. The sentence read as follows… “I would like your address so that I can send you something.” What? I hadn’t asked for anything and yet he was offering me something? But what? I came home one afternoon, to find a large yellow, bubble lined envelope; lying on the porch. I opened it up, and to my surprise, found three items signed by Jerry Dior. There was an index card with the words, “Matt-Best wishes for a Happy Holiday-Jerry Dior.”
I then found a business card sized logo signed by Jerry.
(I saved the best for last.) Also inside was an 11X14 inch cardboard logo signed, “To Matt-Jerry Dior.”
I was extremely excited to recieve the items. (I still am.) Not only did Jerry Dior take the time to answer my questions, but he also sent me a package of goodies. WHAT A NICE GUY!!!!
(And for those of you who are wondering, Jerry told me that the Logo is NOT, I repeat, NOT, Harmon Killebrew.)
After a sixteen year career, Yankees pitcher, Andy Pettitte, has decided to call it quits.
I personally, have always admired Pettitte, and think that it sucks he has decided to leave. There is a lot of talk about wether or not Pettitte is good enough to make it into the Hall of Fame. According to Pettitte, he isn’t good enough. He says that he found the game difficult most of his career, and sees it as only players that make the game look easy, as being worthy of the Hall. I don’t know. I think he is good enough to make it. But thats just my opinion. Any thoughts on Pettitte in general? Or his chances of making it to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY?
The 2011 Major League Baseball season will soon be upon us. What better way to kick off a new season of baseball, then to read a great new book about; well….baseball. Best selling author of, “Watching Baseball Smarter”, Zack Hample, has just finished writing yet another book entitled, “The Baseball”. But this book isn’t just about the ball; but also the “Stunts, Scandals, and Secrets” surrounding it. (FYI, the official full title of Zack Hample’s new book is, “The Baseball: Stunts, Scandals, and Secrets Beneath the Stitches.” But I’m too lazy to type the whole title over and over again. So I’m going to stick with just “The Baseball.”)
“The Baseball”, isn’t set to be released until March 8th.(Mark it on your calendar.) But I was lucky enough to stumble across a galley of it on Ebay. (Just in case you’re not sure. A galley is a rough draft of the book. But has the same basic contents.) Now that you’ve been caught up with how I have read a book, that hasn’t been released yet. Let me get to the part where I give my opinion of it.(For what it’s worth.)
First of all, I hate to read. “What? You’re giving a review of a 300 page book, and you hate to read?” In a word, YES. Reading is not one of the things I choose to do in my free time. So how did I manage to read a 300 page book? That’s where this book diverges from any other book I (and probablly you) have ever read. Other books,about baseball, give great facts and details; but it is a real struggle to keep interest throughout the entire thing. Not this book. “The Baseball” is written in such a way, that you learn tons and tons of interesting information, while at the same time you’re having fun reading it.(You know how you had that one teacher in school, that could teach the same information as all of the other teacher’s; but you grasped it better than the students in the other teachers’ class; because you were having fun at the same time? Well, Zack Hample is that one “teacher”, that makes learning new information fun and interesting.)
“The Baseball”, covers a wide range of topics. From people who have been killed by baseballs, to celebrities who have snagged them, and then onto how they are constructed. (The construction of a single Major League baseball, is a more tedious task than most people realize.) There is even a section on how YOU, can take apart a baseball to discover what lies within. (Why? Just because.)
“The Baseball”, is broken up into three major parts. With the third part being about how to snag a baseball of your own; from your local Major League ballpark. Don’t have a Major League ballpark nearby? Don’t worry. These amazing strategies work at minor league ballparks too. This part of the book teaches you exactly: when to arrive, where to go, and what to do; in order to get a baseball. Zack Hample should know. He has snagged over 4,600 baseballs from 48 Major League Stadiums.
Well, there’s my two cents on Zack Hample’s new book, “The Baseball.”
Still not convinced that this is a must have book? Then go to Zack Hample’s website:
There you can read more about, “The Baseball.” Including official reviews by the media. While you’re there, check out Zack’s other two books he has written; “Watching Baseball Smarter”, and “How To Snag Major League Baseballs.”
CLICK HERE to order “The Baseball” from Amazon.com.