Bristol White Sox
The Bristol White Sox of Bristol, Virginia, played 19 seasons in the Appalachian League, serving 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 is the norm in the Appy League, the team’s identity was heavily influenced by their parent club, and there isn’t much to remember on the visual side. However, they did employ a creative wordmark/logo in which the Chicago “Sox” logo the 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.
During their nineteen years, a good handful of productive major leaguers and a few future all-stars got their start for the Bristol White Sox, including Carlos Lee, Gio Gonzalez, Chris Carter, and Michael Morse.
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 is life in the good old Appalachian League.