Indianopolis Indians unveil Circle City alternates

Written By:  •  Friday, April 26, 2019

The plan that the city of Indianapolis is based on is centered (as it were) around a site called Monument Circle. Originally called Circle Street in the 1821 plan, it now includes the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, four bronze statues of notable Indiana figures, a staircase, two water pools, and views of the state capitol.

The iconic site earned Indianapolis the nickname Circle City—which it shares with Pittsboro, North Carolina; Dothan, Alabama; and the Australian capital of Canberra.

The city’s Triple-A baseball team, the Indianapolis Indians, has seized on the nickname with a slick “Circle City” uniform. The alternates, which were designed by local creative agency Borshoff, are blue, white, and red to evoke the city flag.

The cap logo features baseball stitching intertwined with the Monument Circle roundabout, which is by far the cleverest use of a traffic pattern in a baseball logo that I’ve seen.

The team, which is affiliated with Pittsburgh (and not Cleveland), will play in the Circle City uniforms May 2, May 30, June 13, June 27, July 18, August 15, and August 29. The Indians will auction off the jerseys after the August 29 game to benefit local nonprofit organizations.

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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, 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.