Mr. Siegel recalls that he tweaked an action photograph of Jerry West, the Los Angeles Lakers' Hall of Fame guard, for the figure in the NBA logo. By contrast, Mr. Dior maintains that the player in the baseball logo is "pure design."Jerry Dior, the man who designed the logo while employed as a graphic designer for a marketing firm, has never been given official recognition for his work, though Major League Baseball "has had a number of discussions with Mr. Dior and his family and are researching the history of the silhouetted batter in connection with its 40th anniversary." Dior doesn't want any money or anything -- he was paid to do his job -- he just wants his grandchildren to be able to point to something that says he did it and maybe throw out a pitch at a ballgame.
His son once heard a radio broadcaster say that Minnesota Twins slugger Harmon Killebrew served as his model for the logo. Mr. Dior's response: "That's completely untrue. It's not Harmon Killebrew. It's not anyone in particular."
Seems to me that a nice little announcement of recognition would be free and that, given there are over 2,000 games a year, a first pitch wouldn't be that hard to come by.
(once again, a hat tip to Pete Toms, who seems to know the kind of stories I like)