In their final home game of the season, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, high-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, are taking the field tonight wearing the colors of their NFL neighbors to the north, the Carolina Panthers. For the “Two States. One Team” promotion, the Pelicans of South Carolina will wear jerseys in the colors of the Panthers, who play in North Carolina. The jerseys the team is wearing feature the familiar teal and black, with Pelicans on the front and the legend “One Carolina” on the back.
Other homages to the football team include adding the Panthers logo to the Pelicans’ field and appearances by Panthers’ alumni, mascot, and cheerleaders.
Paul Caputo is a grown man who collects plastic ice cream helmet sundaes from minor league baseball stadiums because he likes logos that much. He is the author of the first book published by SportsLogos.net, The Story Behind the Nickname: The Origins of 100 Classic, Contemporary, and Wacky Minor League Baseball Team Names. He can be found on Twitter at @Count2Baseball and he maintains the Countdown to Spring Training on Facebook. Paul is a Philadelphia sports fan, but he's not so bad.