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1991-93 Fayetteville Generals

My goal last week was to extend the "Houston Astros Minor League Cap Extravaganza"but I sadly was not able to obtain a qualifying hat in time. I did find a gem recently but since it hasn't arrived yet, last week's Carolina League Jackson Generals hat will have to segue into the cap worn by the now defunct Fayetteville Generals of the South Atlantic League.

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1991-92 Jackson Generals

Two weeks into the 2017 MLB season and it's looking less likely that my prediction of the Houston Astros winning the AL Pennant will work out. As the Astros' hot start has fizzeled, what's worse is the Giants are cellar dwellers of the NL West while the Diamondbacks are at the top. There's a lot more games to play this year but stumbling out of the gate is no fun.

What's fun is that for the fourth time in four weeks, I'm writing about a mesh-crown hat from a former Houston Astros minor league team! Nailing down the exact years for these caps hasn't been easy but the window on this one isn't large. From 1975 through 1990, the Jackson Generals were known as the Mets so the earliest this one can be from is 1991. 

After digging around and, I found that the team's caps featured the grey underbrim starting in 1993 which tells me that this one is most likely from one of the first two years of the Jackson Generals existence. I love …

1988-94 Auburn Astros Cap

It's the first week of April and I'm already staying up until 1AM EST watching baseball. Of course this feels completely normal but it's been tough watching my San Francisco Giants fall to the Arizona Diamondbacks three times this week. I've spilled much ink here obsessing over my love/hate relationship with Arizona and today is no different.

As I've mentioned before, my wife went to the University of Arizona and while we were disappointed they didn't make it past the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament, I did learn about a connection between the UA basketball program and the Houston Astros, whose former minor league affiliates have been the inspiration here over the last few weeks. 

The Auburn Astros are now the Auburn Doubledays (named after Abner Doubleday who is the Civil War general often credited with inventing baseball) but I'll always have this comical story about the team and my favorite baseball player of all time, Frank Thomas, who played baseball at A…