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1999 Knoxville Smokies Snapback

It was hard for me not to have a proper Southern League hat for last week's Fresh Fitted Friday, so I'm fully energized this week to be able to share this 1999 Knoxville Smokies hat with you this time around.


Another reason my guess is that this cap is from 1999 is because even though the team rebranded as the Tennessee Smokies in 2000, they did not redesign their uniforms until 2001. The plausibility this cap being from 2000 is further evidenced in the Felipe Lopez card shown below where he can be seen wearing this week's cap:



This cap is not going on the Trading Block however please do not hesitate to reach out if you want any other cap from that list and you are willing to part with any of the hats on my Wish List.


As always, thanks for coming back to read about baseball hat geekery. I've got comments disabled here so if you'd like to discuss a trade or simply just chat about hats, please feel free to connect via the following social sites:
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1968 Jacksonville Suns Ebbets Field Flannels Retro - Fresh Fitted Friday!!!

Last week I mentioned I was running low on Southern League caps so it's no surprise that I'm stretching a bit for this week's Fresh Fitted Friday. As you probably know, most of my posts are on-field caps, but this week's Jacksonville Suns cap is a replica of the cap worn in 1968, which to make things worse is when they competed in the International League.

The 1968 Suns cap is significant to me for a number of reasons but at the top of the list is  it's the last one the team wore before they became the Tidewater Tides upon moving to my hometown of Norfolk, VA in 1969. Another thing I love about this cap is its esoteric logo ensures that only knowledgeable Mets fans will comment on it.

I purchased this cap as soon as Ebbets Field Flannels released it this past March with the intention of wearing it to a Mets game this season and that opportunity came this past Saturday, which turned out to be a historic evening as Pete Alonso broke the single-season rookie record wit…

1999-2001 Birmingham Barons Cap - Fresh Fitted Friday!!!!

I'd love to continue celebrating the Southern League, but it seems that after writing about five of the ten current teams, I've run out of caps to write about! Because of this, I've decided to share some images of a more recent—but still vintage—Birmingham Barons cap than the 1993-94 Barons cap that I wrote about almost two years ago.




Sometimes I wonder if the Barons logo is as ubiquitous as I believe it to be. Of course, the fact that Michael Jordan wore this ballcap should be the first thing someone thinks of when they see this week's hat. Despite this fact, I still get the occasional "Boston Sucks" comment from uneducated baseball fans here in New York City. 

The most recent one was from a guy in a Yankees jersey with Aaron Judge's last name and number on the back. I found that to be especially ironic because not only should no self-respecting Yankees fan ever wear a jersey with a player's name on the back but it also proves he knows nothing of class…

Montgomery Biscuits - Fresh Fitted Friday!!!!

Now that I've apparently run out of Texas League hats, it's time to move on to another theme. Because I always seem to have fun with Double-A teams, I think it makes sense to write about some Southern League caps that I've had waiting in the wings and I'm kicking things off with the Montgomery Biscuits home hat.



Surprisingly enough, I've only recently come around on the Biscuits logo. I suppose that's because it seemed like just another silly logo when I first saw it but over time I've grown to appreciate its worth. Biscuits are delicious and fun and if you have a problem enjoying delicious things and having fun then you probably don't love minor league baseball.

That might seem like a harsh judgement but I feel the need to pump up these newer logos rather than trying to capture the past which is what I'm essentially doing when waxing nostalgic on the seemingly endless stream of retro and vintage caps out there.

Case in point: the Biscuits have rocked…

2017 Frisco RoughRiders Alt 2 Cap - Fresh Fitted Friday

Continuing the Texas League celebration this week with a Frisco RoughRiders alternate hat which features the US's 26th President, Teddy Roosevelt, swinging a big ole bat. 

An interesting connection between the RoughRiders and last week's Round Rock Express post is that the two teams only played against each other in the Texas League during Frisco's inaugural season in 2003 as Round Rock switched over to the Triple-A Pacific Coast League in 2004.



It almost goes without saying but Brandiose absolutely knocked it out of the park with this Teddy Roosevelt alternate logo however another reason it is very topical is because tomorrow marks 118 years since the day Roosevelt became President of the United States. 

While our quadrennial elections have historically happened on the first Tuesday in November, the reason for this particular anniversary is because Roosevelt's predecessor, William McKinley, was assassinated on September 14, 1901. 

I'm sorry to have ended this week'…

2005-07 Round Rock Express - Fresh Fitted Friday!!!!

You know it's the end of the baseball season when I'm trying to cram as many games in as possible. Last week's Staten Island Yankees game was loads of fun so this week I ventured to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx to watch the big league club take on the Texas Rangers.

That matchup reminded me that I hadn't featured a Texas-related hat in far too long and in fact, it's been over two years since the 1991-92 Jackson Generals post so this week's 2005-07 Round Rock Express cap has a connection to not only that cap but the Rangers as well. 



Earlier I mentioned this cap had a connection to the Texas League Jackson Generals and that's because Nolan Ryan's ownership group (RSR) was instrumental in moving the Houston Astros Double-A affiliate to Round Rock in 2000 and rebranding it as the Express, which is an homage to Ryan, whose nickname as a player was "The Ryan Express." 


Ryan is an absolute legend when it comes to baseball in Texas and I think a big rea…

2018 Staten Island Pizza Rats NYC Cap - Fresh Fitted Friday

Welcome to the last post of the 2019 New York-Penn League celebration! I began the series with the primary cap worn by the Staten Island Yankees when they suit up as the "Pizza Rats" so I'm bookending it with the "NYC" cap. 



I was hoping to catch a "Pizza Rats" theme night this year but sadly, that did not happen. Rats! The one game I saw this season was this past Wednesday night as the team played under its usual moniker and this week's cap is the one I wore to the game.





My Baby Bombers experience this week reinforced my preference for attending games at Richmond County Bank Ballpark over any other stadium in the five boroughs. What I love most about games at Staten Island is that I can hop on a free ferry a few blocks away from my office that will drop me off within steps of the ballpark.

I've also grown tired of the aggressive security policies at Yankee Stadium. I know their rules are there to protect fans but it's ridiculous that bicycle…

1999-2001 New Jersey Cardinals - Fresh Fitted Friday!!!!

The landing gear is about to come down on the New York-Penn league festivities and I'm making sure the last few Fresh Fitted Friday selections are super special, starting with this week's New Jersey Cardinals cap that I believe to be from 1999 to 2001.





The 12 seasons the Cardinals played in Augusta, NJ isn't long when compared to stalwart cities of the league such as Auburn, Batavia and Jamestown but it was a decent run considering they shattered NYPL league attendance records, all while posting losing records year after year, besides of course the lone League Title in their first season.

After the Cardinals relocated to State College, PA their ballpark was home to a couple of Can-Am League teams: Sussex Skyhawks from 2006 to 2010 and the Sussex County Miners from 2015 to present.

At 7 1/8, this cap is too small for me so I'm putting it on the Trading Block. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you want this or any other cap from that list and you are willing to part w…

2008 Tri-City ValleyCats

This week's Fresh Fitted Friday selection is another New York-Penn League classic: a Tri-City ValleyCats cap which I surmise is from 2008 based on the sweatband tags that will be discussed below.





If I had to choose one word to describe this team, it would be "consistency" as the ValleyCats have worn this same cap logo and maintained their affiliation to the Houston Astros ever since 2002 which was when the team began playing in Troy, NY. 

I'm putting this one on the Trading Block but I doubt it will be desirable to most collectors other than Made In U.S.A. junkies however don't hesitate to reach out if you want this or any other cap from that list and you are willing to part with any of the hats on my Wish List.

As always, thanks for coming back to read about baseball hat geekery. I've got comments disabled here so if you'd like to discuss a trade or simply just chat about hats, please feel free to connect via the following social sites:
Instagram: @baseballm…