Cubbies Still Wearing Old NL Logo on Jersey

Written By:  •  Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Chicago Cubs appear to be using up their 2012 uniform supply as much as possible…

Despite making the change in their official style guide for the 2013 season, the Chicago Cubs, who are now over 130 games into the 2013 season, are still wearing the old 16-star NL logo patches on their jerseys from 1998-2012.

The National League primary logo was altered (without any mention at all, except for on this site) during the offseason, one star was removed from their logo to acknowledge the departure of the Houston Astros to the American League.

The easiest way to tell if it’s the 1998-2012 patch is how the three stars on either side line up. The 2013 logo has staggered stars on the sides

Several questions come to mind, one important one is “Who cares?”, others include “Do the Cubs even know they made a change to that patch?”, “Were 15-star versions even produced?” and if so… “Has anyone ever seen one?”

We’ll keep our eye out on the rest of the Cubs games this season to see if maybe we can spot perhaps a September call-up wearing the oh-so-subtly different new patch on the alternate jersey.

Yes, we’re fully aware that this is a silly story.

Update (Aug 28/13 – 5:58pm ET) thanks to the always awesome Samuel Lam for sending us this much better screenshot of the old 16-star patch still on the Cubs jerseys in 2013, which he posted last month on his blog

Another look at the Cubs 16-star patch in use in 2013 (courtesy:


Update Part II (Aug 29/13 – 11:52am ET): This morning Majestic, the company who produces the uniforms for the Chicago Cubs (as well as all of Major League Baseball) Tweeted out that they’re “definitely looking into it”…

So there’s that

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  • Kosmomiles

    So that’s why the Cubs stink this year!!!

  • Ausavin26

    Why do they deserve an MLB Patch on their logo anyway?

  • Aaron

    None of the NL teams or AL teams wear their respective league logos on their sleeve. Reason being, we know which league the teams are in already.

  • Justin

    Nothing that a blue sharpie can’t fix.

  • ingmar66

    Poor old Cubbies, they never get it right. Must be the Billygoat Curse…

  • alex

    just relegate them to a aaa team already

  • Bill McDee

    For this reason, all of the Cubs 2013 games should be losses, as they were wearing “illegal” uniforms! Automatic forfeits all!!!! NOT!

  • Frank Thomas

    Aren’t they getting new ass jerseys next year?

    • Aaron

      I think from what I read, it’s mainly their roads and possibly their alternate blues their changing. The home pinstripes they’re keeping. The alternate blues should be a modernized version of their 1980’s roads. They should also modernize their cub face logo from that era too. Keep the current road jersey style, but the numbers on the front of the jersey isn’t really necessary if they don’t do so at home. I guess you can say the same about the Tigers.

  • Jed

    They’re the Cubs, aren’t they? Hell, they do everything backwards in that organization.

  • Steve

    The real question here is Why do the Cubs even wear the NL patch??? Doesn’t make one bit of sense.

    • Aaron

      Just like I asked earlier. None of the MLB teams don’t do that. In fact, no other team in the other leagues (NHL, NBA, NFL, CFL) do that either. The Cubs didn’t used to do that.

  • Aaron

    Just a thought, they have to put the Wrigley Field anniversary patch somewhere on that jersey. Replace the NL patch with that.

  • milwakuee

    who gives a poop

  • milwakuee

    I think the cubs won like 21 world series so that what I think there cool. I learned that on the internet jk

  • Pan

    First of all, I love the NL patch on the Cubs jerseys. It’s a subtle reminder of baseball’s past that they’re not using to be “retro”. I know the NL still uses the logo, but obviously, when the leagues were separated, NL/AL meant a lot more. And secondly, I do think it’s a big deal that they didn’t properly update the logo on their uniforms.