Bristol White Sox
The Bristol White Sox of Bristol, Virginia, played nineteen seasons in the Appalachian League. For that entire time period, they served as the Advanced Rookie level affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.
The identity was formed following the 1994 season, when affiliation was broken between the Bristol Tigers and their Detroit counterpart. As was the norm in the Appy League, the team’s identity was heavily influenced by their parent club.
As such, there isn’t much to remember on the visual side. However, they did employ a creative wordmark/logo in which the Chicago “Sox” logo and the minor league city name are arranged so that the S in Sox is also the S in Bristol. In their earlier days, the non-S letters were rendered in a plain capital-letter font, though this eventually gave way to the full word arranged in Old English style.
Although alum lists from an Appalachian League team are typically short, the Bristol White Sox were a starting point for a decent handful of future productive major leaguers and All-Stars. Across their nineteen years, guys like Carlos Lee, Gio González, Chris Carter, and Michael Morse tried their luck at Bristol’s old DeVault Memorial Stadium.
The White Sox identity became defunct after the 2013 season, when affiliation was broken with Chicago. Pittsburgh called dibs, and the Bristol White Sox became the Bristol Pirates. Such was life in the good old Appalachian League.