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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.
Happy New Year y'all and as always, feel free to reach out via any of the following social sites:
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1995-96 Portland Rockies - Fresh Fitted Friday!!!!

Happy new year, dear reader! As you are well aware, I capped off 2017 by posting some photos of rare gems that had yet to be de-tagged and I'm happy to be starting this year off with another one of those hats. So without further ado, the first Fresh Fitted Friday selection of 2018 is a Portland Rockies hat that I estimate to be from 1995 or 1996. 








Well friend, if you wear a size 7 1/8 and you've got a great cap in my size to trade me, you are in luck as I'm going to have to let this cap go. As of now, I also have this exact cap in a size 7 1/4 and 7 3/4 and I'll be parting with those as well. In addition, these other caps are available for a trade if you are willing to part with any of the hats on my Wish List.
Happy New Year y'all and as always, feel free to reach out via any of the following social sites:
Instagram: @baseballmilquetoast Twitter: @FittedFriday Facebook: Baseball Milquetoast Snapchat: SnapBackSabbath

Baseball Milquetoast's Wish List

Dear reader, I feel that now is the time to dedicate a post with photos and descriptions of the caps in my continually evolving "Wish List". I haven't exactly been bombarded with trade offers lately so maybe having them all featured here might change that. 

Hat Club has been killing it with their recent releases of retro MILB logos from the 1980's and 1990's so the first few caps on this list are ones that they'd do well to release (or re-release in the case of the 1993-95 Utica Blue Sox, 1995-2000 Kissimmee Cobras and the 1994 Appleton Foxes).














There have been a few MLB throwbacks of Negro League teams that have caught my eye over the past few years. The first one that comes to mind is this 1937 Cincinnati Tigers cap with a red underbrim that the Cincinnati Reds wore on July 11, 2011:


1991-92 Retro Myrtle Beach Hurricanes

Continuing with the theme of former Toronto Blue Jays affiliates in the South Atlantic League, I'm obliged to discuss Toronto's presence in South Carolina which began in 1981 with the Florence Blue Jays, who in 1987 became the Myrtle Beach Blue Jays.

The team rebranded as the Myrtle Beach Hurricanes in 1991 and after the 1992 season, moved to Hagerstown, MD to become the newest incarnation of the Hagerstown Suns where their affiliation with Toronto continued. 

Because the team only existed for two seasons, finding an original hat is an exercise in futility so when I learned Hat Club was releasing a retro, I had to pick it up.






I had some reservations about pulling the trigger on this cap because the logo is noticeably larger than the OG. Based on how fast the hat sold out, I believe this was a conscious decision by Hat Club as perhaps they felt they'd sell more hats with an aggrandized logo. For reference, here are some photos of the more dainty logo on the OG:







One last thing: …

Pre-2013 Hagerstown Suns

Unlike the cap shortage that I faced in my Carolina League series a while back, I don't seem to be running out of ammo when it comes to my South Atlantic League reserves. This week's Fresh Fitted Friday selection is a hat that's been stashed away for a few years now but the cap logo design itself goes all the back to 1993.






I've mentioned this many times before but it's worth repeating that I loved collecting players' autographs as a kid. To maximize my collection, I had to stock up on cards from as many different minor league teams as possible and I focused on MLB teams who had a Triple-A affiliate in the International League who would face my hometown Norfolk Tides. 

The Tides often played the Rochester Red Wings (who were the Baltimore Orioles' Triple-A affiliate) and I had lots of cards from that team as well as other current and former Orioles farm teams such as the Frederick Keys and Bowie Baysox, who replaced the Hagerstown Suns as the Orioles Double-A …

1994-96 Columbus RedStixx

Y'all know how much I love these little "mini-series within a series" things so brace yourselves for the second part of the Columbus RedStixx celebration within the greater South Atlantic League jubilee! To celebrate this meta-gala proper, I'll be popping the tags on a cap that is about 25 years old!




This week's cap is special because it's the logo I remember most from my time as a minor league baseball fanatic in the mid-1990's. The RedStixx wore this one from their inaugural season in 1992 through 1994 but possibly up until 1997. For some reason MILB cards from seemed to become more scarce as the decade progressed.




The sweatband tags here are standard issue for the mid-1990's but the white satin taping has inspired me to create a new label that I'll be applying to previous posts as needed.


The MILB batterman on the back of the cap here tells me this one's from 1994 at the earliest and the last year it could be from is 1996 if you consider the l…