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Pro-Line Chattanooga Lookouts - Fresh Fitted Friday!!!!

Ok, that's it. I don't have any more Southern League teams to write about (for now) and that's probably a good thing because I'm feeling some mild accomplishment that with this week's Chattanooga Lookouts cap, I have now written about eight of the ten teams in the league!

I mentioned earlier that the Southern League features ten teams which to me is a good number for a Double-A league. By contrast, there are eight teams in the Texas League while the Eastern League has twelve which could easily be pared down to ten if the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies would move their affiliates over to the Texas League. That change would make sense geographically as well.

I love the symmetry of that move but I also think that a ten-team league provides a more intimate experience and it also reminds me of how my hometown team, the Norfolk Tides, played in the International League which during the height of my MILB obsession featured eight teams. That number increased to te…

1989-90 Columbus Mudcats

Regular readers of this blog know that I like to get topical on here and while that can potentially lead to posts seeming to be dated down the line, I still enjoy the correlation between hats and certain current events and holidays. 

That being said, I am surprised that for last week's post I didn't think to write about a team from a city named Columbus as we were leading into Columbus Day weekend. Thankfully we aren't too many days removed from the actual holiday so it still feels timely to feature this Columbus Catfish hat for this week's post.

I listed this week's cap as being a Columbus Mudcats but there is a chance it was originally sold as a Carolina Mudcats cap because the team continued to mainly wear the caps with red crown and black brims for their first few seasons in North Carolina before they introduced the caps with the black crown and red brims.

Nevertheless, this version fits my narrative and if I want to call it a Columbus Mudcats cap then it's my…

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.

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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…