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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:
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2006-2014 Jamestown Jammers - Fresh Fitted Friday

I've had a good time covering caps of classic New York-Penn League from current teams over the past few weeks but I'm switching gears for this week's Fresh Fitted Friday by paying tribute to a classic yet now defunct team: the Jamestown Jammers.

I've mentioned this before but I used to work in the food and wine industry so I've got a special connection to grapes, which is a big reason I'm drawn to this cap. The image used for this cap logo is of Bubba Grape, which is the mascot the team used for Jammers 2.0, an era that spanned from 2006 through the team's final season in 2014. 
This cap could be from anywhere in between that time frame but you can cancel out 2006 through 2008 because the team wore wool caps with grey underbrims those seasons. 

I'd say you could also negate the last few years of the Jammers 2.0 era because the satin taping as seen above features the "Originators of the True Fitted" text and as I discussed in my write-up for the 2…

Pre-2004 Hudson Valley Renegades - Fresh Fitted Friday

This week's Fresh Fitted Friday selection from the New York-Penn League takes us north of New York City metropolitan area to Duchess County which is where the Hudson Valley Renegades have played since their inaugural season in 1994.

This cap logo was worn by the Renegades from 1994 up through 2003, which was their final season with the burgundy and green colorway. 

In addition to the colorway switch-up in 2004, the MILB sweatband tag is from no later than 2003 which tells me that would be the final year this cap could have been worn.

For as long as this team has existed, it has relied on Studio Simon in Louisville Kentucky to design its entire brand identity. For an in-depth account of the team's rebrand in 2017, check out this this excellent write-upby Paul Caputo for

It takes a good amount of effort and desire to leave the city for fun day trips up to the Hudson Valley and while I definitely don't get up there enough, just writing about this cap is giving me…