George Weiss, the former general manager of the Yankees, was hired as the first president of the Mets. While with the Yankees, Weiss had worked extensively with Spencer Marketing Services and specifically with their artist Lon Keller, who was the creator of the Yankees logo.
For publicity purposes and to benefit from an extensive pool of ideas, George Weiss created a contest to help design the new logo for the Mets. He picked one entry as his favorite and declared the entrant of cartoonist Ray Gotto as the winner, netting him the $1,000 cash prize.
However, Weiss still had several ideas of his own. He asked Lon Keller to take the basic concept idea of the winning entry, incorporate some of his ideas into it, and use his own talent to create the new Mets Logo.
The basic concept was from contest winner, Ray Gotto. It was further developed by Lon Keller and just like that, the Mets Skyline logo was born.
The Skyline logo is meant to have special meaning. At the left is a church spire, a symbol of Brooklyn, known as the borough of churches. The second building from the left is the Williamsburgh Savings Bank, the tallest building in Brooklyn at the time. Next is the Woolworth Building, followed by a general skyline view of midtown. At the center of the Logo is the Empire State Building. After additional general skyline view, the building at the far right is the United Nations. The bridge at the center of the Logo doesn’t represent any one bridge but rather the concept of the Mets connecting all five boroughs by bringing National League baseball back to New York.
Over the years, there have been a few tweaks to the original logo. An interlocking NY was dropped in 1998. A black based design was added in 1999 to go along with their new black uniforms, dropped in 2012. There was even a short time in 2014 when the top of the United Nations Building was given a 90’ angle, perhaps to look more like the Citicorp Building although no one wanted the credit or blame for it. After an internet uproar, the building was soon returned to its original design.
As they say, sometimes the more things change, the more they stay the same.