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1993 Waterloo Diamonds

I hope everyone enjoyed the South Atlantic League caps over the last few months but if the volume of posts was too much, that's ok too because I have a more streamlined set of caps on deck for the Midwest League series, which starts off this week with a Waterloo Diamonds snapback from 1993.




For their inaugural season in 1989, the Diamonds were a co-op team (aka baseball's version of polyamory) featuring players from the Baltimore Orioles and the San Diego Padres but they were going steady with the Padres from 1990 through their final season in 1993.

The Waterloo Diamonds were only a team for five years in total and the fact that they only wore this cap logo for their last two seasons makes it super unique to me. I think a lot of other hat nerds feel the same way because when Hat Club recently did a retro release, the cap sold out rather quickly and I wouldn't be surprised to see it return sometime soon.




The logo is comically large but you would only know it if you held the OG…

1994-96 Fayetteville Generals - Fresh Fitted Friday!!!!

Something I enjoy doing with this blog is reflecting on previous posts while working on new ones. This week's Fayetteville Generals cap not only harks back to a Generals snapback that I wrote about just over two years ago but it also relates to the Lakewood BlueClaws which was the first team featured in this run of South Atlantic League caps.

What I appreciate most about the Generals logo is that it pays tribute to a legendary figure of the American Revolutionary War from France named Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier de Lafayette, or as he's more commonly known, Marquis de Lafayette.




Not only is the team's name derived from his role as a major general of American forces in the war but the city of Fayetteville, NC is also named in Lafayette's honor. I should have mentioned this information when I wrote about the Generals snapback in 2017 but I'm glad to be able to right this wrong now. 
One wrong that can't be righted now however is how the Generals re…

1983-88 Asheville Tourists

The South Atlantic League celebraish officially "goes to 11" today and I think I'll be wrapping up the series next week as I'm sure everyone is about ready for a new topic. Until then, let's talk about this sweet 1980's Asheville Tourists cap which is all about simplicity —while perhaps even teetering on the edge of basic— although is a classic nonetheless.




A cursory glance of Tourists cards from 1986 and 1987 shows players wearing hats with this week's logo and on a royal blue crown, albeit with a grey underbrim, unlike this week's cap. The navy crown seen on this 1989-93 Asheville Tourists hat I wrote about just a little over two years ago proves this cap is from no later than 1988.
I had troubling finding Asheville Tourists baseball cards from 1981 through 1985 so I can't say with certainty the earliest year this cap could be from. The closest thing I could find is this image of former Houston Astros pitcher Charlie Kerfield as a member of the 19…

2014 Asheville Tourists Alternate by The Clink Room - Fresh Fitted Friday!!!!

I can't recall when I first saw a cap that was designed by Brandiose but I'm guessing it was the current Asheville Tourists home cap that I picked up in 2014. I think until then I was more into collecting vintage caps but once I acquired my most sought-after logos, I was better equipped to appreciate the recent designs that had come onto the scene.

We have seen a great many Asheville Tourists alternates ever since their Brandiose rebrand was pushed live in 2011 but I believe this week's "White-Navy-Light Blue" colorway was done as a custom rather than an on-field.



The starry night motif really pops on top of the white panels but I also think the blue stitching along the edges of those panels pops but in a distracting way. This is definitely the oldest cap I've seen with that contrasting stitching so it might be all that nonsense started in 2014.





I've got more Asheville caps than any other team but this is my only one with the craftsman-style "A" on…