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1994-96 Vermont Expos hat - Fresh Fitted Friday!!!

For the last post of 2017 I'm continuing the trend of showcasing a classic Class A Short Season cap while also paying tribute to my favorite band, Phish, who got their start in Burlington, Vermont which is where the Vermont Expos (now Lake Monsters) played. 

This cap isn't for sale or trade however don't hesitate to reach out if there's something you like on the Trading Block and you are willing to part with any of the hats on my Wish List.
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1994 Bellingham Mariners - Fresh Fitted Friday

Y'all know I've been going hard in the paint with the vintage Single A Short Season caps lately but what you need to know about this week's Bellingham Mariners cap is that it is over 20 years old and today I'll finally be popping the tags on this deadstock fitted. 

In 1993, the Seattle Mariners cap adopted a navy blue, silver and teal colorway. The Baby M's of the Northwest League took up tealism that year as well however they wore this cap for only more season after that because they became the Bellingham Giants in 1995.

Fewer low ball teams wore fitted caps in the mid-90's than today but remember Bellingham had a higher profile based on the MLB success of former Baby M's like Edgar Martinez and Ken Griffey, Jr. The rebrand of the big club in Seattle might have played a role here as well. Speaking of memories, it was just over a year ago that I referenced Ibanez in a post about a cap worn by the Riverside Pilots who were another Single A Mariners affiliate fr…

1984 Everett Giants

Trend alert! So for the third straight week we are looking at a Class A Short Season team however unlike the last few posts, this week the team is not from the New York-Penn League but rather its west coast counterpart.

The only images I've found of an Everett Giants player wearing this version of the cap are in the black and white photographs used for the baseball cards from the 1984 Cramer set and I think I see some discrepancies between these two caps.

I'm at loss as to why a black and white photo was used for a baseball card as recently as 1984 but, alas. Side note: I have a friend who is coincidentally is a photographer and has the last name Olker but he is unlikely to read this as he is not a big baseball fan.

After giving this some thought, I believe I should attribute these variances to the possibility that there were simply multiple versions of the Everett Giants hat. The San Francisco Giants and their farms were typically early proponents of the grey underbrim but that …

2001 Utica Blue Sox

I guess since BirdFest is over, it's finally time to look at a cap that is not an Orioles affiliate. There is however a connection between last week's Aberdeen IronBirds post and the 2000 Utica Blue Sox hat that is this week's Fresh Fitted Friday selection. 

I hold Utica with the same reverence as other classic New York-Penn League locations such as Auburn, Batavia, Elmira, Vermont and Oneonta. While I've gotten my hands on a vintage caps from Auburn, Elmira, Vermont and now Utica, I'm still eluded by Oneonta.
I recently participated in an eBay auction for an Oneonta Yankees hat but was outbid by a collector more enthusiastic than me. The bidding ended at $157 but as much as I love minor league caps, that is insane amount to spend on a hat. 
I have pleaded with Ebbets Field Flannels to retro the Oneonta cap but sadly, they have not obliged yet. To be fair, they have made some of the caps on my wishlist throughout the years but I'm going to keep pushing for Oneonta…

2013 Aberdeen IronBirds Cap - Fresh Fitted Friday!!!!

Well, BirdFest sure flew by quickly didn't it? Are you proud of me for finally coming up with a name for the Orioles/Maryland-theme I've been running for the past month? And how about that sweet pun to lede this week's post! Nice, right?

At any rate, this week's Fresh Fitted Friday selection is an Aberdeen IronBirds cap I got in 2013. I've been wanting to write about this one for a long time and now I finally have a reason as it's a Maryland-based team right down to the core.

Now to talk about the logo: Dan Simon of Studio Simon prides himself on "bold simplicity" rather than following the trend toward "cartoonish" designs, which is how I would describe the first incarnation of the team's logo.

The logo's plane imagery is a nod to the nearby Aberdeen Proving Ground however the team's name is a reference to the parent team affiliate Baltimore Orioles (aka The Birds) as well as Cal Ripken, Jr. (aka the Iron Man) who owns the IronBirds…

1963 Baltimore Orioles hat - Fresh Fitted Friday!!!!

As a reader of this blog you'll know that in anticipation of spending Thanksgiving in Baltimore, I've spent the last few weeks writing about Orioles-themed hats and I'm happy to say that the peak of Maryland-fest is this 1963 Orioles cap.

Unless you are a hardcore O's fan, you'd never know that the Orioles ever wore a hat without a bird on it but they did wear this particular logo for just one season in 1963. 
It's a known fact that any given year's baseball card set usually uses photos taken the previous season so after hunting down cards from the 1964 set to find images of this cap, I found that most of the cards featured players wearing caps with the "Lead-off Bird" instead of the "Orange B" logo. 

The "Orange B" logo must not have been as much of a fan favorite as "Lead-off Bird" so I'm guessing the Orioles ended up reverting back to the older logo for most of the 1963 season but that might have just been the cas…

1989-1992 Hagerstown Suns

Welcome to the second installment of Maryland-fest, hon! Last week's Hagerstown Suns hat shone brightly but week's iteration of the cap is super-rare as it is the one worn when the team served as Baltimore's Double-A farm in the Eastern League from 1989 to 1992.

According to Baseball Reference, about half of the 1988 Single-A Suns played on the Double-A team for at least part of the 1989 season so while it might not have seemed like a big promotion at the time, I imagine the fans in Hagerstown all felt like they got called-up!

As a closing note, this cap isn't for sale or trade however don't hesitate to reach out if there's something you like on the Trading Block and you are willing to part with any of the hats on my Wish List.

I hope you enjoyed the second installment of Maryland-fest. I'm sorry I never came up with a better name for this series but be sure to come back next week for more Maryland-themed fun.

As always, thanks for coming back to read about ba…

Early 2000's Hagerstown Suns hat

Over the next few weeks I've got a special theme cooking to feature all Maryland-inspired caps. Now that there is no baseball for me to watch at night, I'm revisiting old seasons of The Wire so I'm fully immersed in Balmer, hon and that's truth. First, let's heat things up with this Hagerstown Suns cap from the early 2000's:

There's also a good chance I'll be spending this Thanksgiving with friends in Maryland so these next few weeks are going to be a warm up for that. As the weather starts to get chilly in most places, nothing heats you up better than the Suns, amirite? Try the veal.

Actually, I chose to start the Maryland-fest off with this Suns cap because of my appreciation of the MLB teams that have had farms in Hagerstown. The Washington Nationals are currently the club's parent team but the New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles have all set up shop there over the years as well.

Of course, as a Giants fan I&…