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Pre-2004 Everett AquaSox - Fresh Fitted Friday!!!

I hope everyone appreciated the temporary break from vintage caps over the last few weeks but I have to give you fair warning: this week's Everett AquaSox cap has plenty of aging on it as I have good reasons to believe this particular one was produced before 2004.




As you're well aware, I'm a huge fan of backstories when it comes to MILB teams and Everett is no exception. I've previously featured the AquaSox road cap as well as several Everett Giants hats but it wasn't until today that I came upon its definitive origin story at SportsLogos.net:Soggy Froggy, Man: The Story Behind the Everett AquaSox

Until reading that article, I never quite appreciated the psychedelic component to the AquaSox logo and although I think it could potentially use a refresh of some kind, I'd be remiss if the updated logo stripped away any of the charm that the original held.

Another interesting thing I learned today is that Ken Griffey, Jr. hit his first professional home run on June 17,…

1987 Bellingham Mariners Retro (Ebbets Field Flannels) - Fresh Fitted Friday!!!!

The last pitstop on the Quarantine Road Trip converts last week's Ebbets Field Flannels "back-to-back" feature into a "three-peat" which is absolutely fitting because like most sports fans around the world, I'm completely enamored by The Last Dance, the 10-part ESPN miniseries documenting Michael Jordan's final season on the Chicago Bulls.

Similar to the Bulls brand gaining worldwide recognition due to Michael Jordan's heroic efforts, Ken Griffey, Jr. aka "The Kid", is responsible for helping to right the Seattle Mariners ship and making their cap the most popular logo in baseball during the early 1990's. 

This week's Fresh Fitted Friday selection is a replica of another cap design made famous by Griffey as he wore during his first professional baseball assignment with the Bellingham Mariners in 1987. A vintage Baby M's cap with this design is next to impossible to find but thankfully Ebbets Field Flannels decided to retro the ca…

1979 Spokane Indians Retro (Ebbets Field Flannels) - Fresh Fitted Friday!!!!

Welcome back to another fun week on the Quarantine Road Trip which is basically just me going "back-to-back" with showcasing Ebbets Field Flannels retro cap and this week's Spokane Indians cap is a replica of the style the team wore in 1979. That is actually pretty significant to me as that was the year I was born. Ain't that swell?







This week's Fresh Fitted Friday selection is not going on the Trading Block however please don't hesitate to reach out if you want any other cap from that list and you are willing to part with any of the hatson my Wish List.

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1981 Walla Walla Padres Retro (Ebbets Field Flannels) - Fresh Fitted Friday!!!!

Walla, Walla Welcome back to Week Two of the Quarantine Road Trip, folks! Since this whole "Shelter In Place" thing is a new experience for all of us, I decided to break from my usual habit of posting vintage hats in order to focus on retro caps for the next few weeks.

In fact, it was last week's Yakima Bears hat which inspired me to select this Walla Walla Padres retro cap from Ebbets Field Flannels as this week's Fresh Fitted Friday selection because like Yakima, Walla Walla Walla is a former Northwest League (NWL) city which currently hosts a collegiate West Coast League (WCL) team called the Walla Walla Sweets.

I hope when everything gets back to normal, Ebbets continues to crank out all the retro logos that I've begged them to reproduce ad nauseam over the years as well as those I didn't even know I wanted. In all seriousness, I'm so thankful for their efforts.

In case anyone is listening, the big ones on my wish list are the Peninsula Pilots, Denver Be…

Early 1990's Yakima Bears

Welcome back to another week under quarantine, folks! This post takes our talents on a road trip out west so that we can discover all the rugged beauty that it has to offer. To mark this special occasion, I've got a Yakima Bears snapback from the early 1990's that I believe to be one of the more rare caps that the team wore during its existence.



I've never been to Yakima but I know it is an ideal environment for young players to begin their professional careers as it was a charter member in the creation of the Northwest League (NWL) in 1955 up through 2012. Fortunately, it was only without a team for one year as the Yakima Valley Pippins began play in the West Coast League (WCL) in 2014.

Upon doing cursory research into the WCL, I learned the collegiate summer league features former NWL cities in Washington (Bellingham and Walla Walla) and Oregon (Portland and Bend) and I see a similar fun-loving spirit in the team names as I did from the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball Lea…

1993 Sioux Falls Canaries - Fresh Fitted Friday!!!!

Before I get carried away with anything else, I am compelled to beg forgiveness in regards to last week's truancy. If you are a regular reader of this blog it is likely because I'm a regular poster so please know that is not a miss that I'd like to repeat again.

Perhaps a gap in posts was not such a bad idea as there is no clear segue from a collegiate summer league team whose moniker is a tarp skunk. In truth, the only thing to do is to feature a cap from another team that is not affiliated with Major League Baseball so this week's hat is the one worn by the 1994 Sioux Falls Canaries of the Northern League.






This week's Fresh Fitted Friday selection is not going on the Trading Block however please don't 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 discus…

Taking this week off, folks

Hello dear reader,

I bet you're wondering why there's no post this week! Maybe it has to do with Good Friday? Maybe I haven't been home much? 

At any rate, I can assure you it's neither of those; I just straight up forgot because every day bleeds into each other now so I had no idea it was time to post until it was too late. Oh well, see you next week!

2020 Jamestown Tarp Skunks - Fresh Fitted Friday!!!!

It's been a week since "Opening Day" came and went without (actually coming) and it should come as no surprise that I've resorted to watching random vintage baseball clips that I find online. In short, I'll do whatever it takes to fill the void this quarantine is serving me.

In the interests of fairness, this time of self-reflection has had some positive effects and the first of those is I've had a chance to organize my hat collection a bit so the next few series that I run should have me diving in even deeper than you've seen me do in the past.

I'll be looking for ways to keep things fresh around here and the first way I'll do that is by featuring a cap from the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League,which is something I've never done before so may I present to you, the 2020 Jamestown Tarp Skunks cap!








One thing I love about under the radar caps like these is that there's usually more to the story than you'd guess upon first glance. In t…

1993-94 Elmira Pioneers

Folks, it's taking a lot in me to stop dwelling on the fact that yesterday was supposed to be MLB's Opening Day for the 2020 season. The reality is really starting to set in and to be honest, I'm not in a big mood to do big long blog post about it but I still feel the need to at least acknowledge the situation for posterity.

To that point, I think it's only fitting that I end this good run of New York-Penn League caps with a super rare cap so without further ado, feast your hungry eyes on this Elmira Pioneers cap which was only worn for two seasons.


So sorry for the random Josh Booty photo if you clicked on the second link in the previous caption but he was the closest thing to a household name as it pertains to the Marlins incarnation of the Elmira Pioneers.



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 fo…

1988-90 Utica Blue Sox

If there's a personality trait every baseball fan should possess it has to be dynamism. Accepting the possibility of the 2020 baseball season never even beginning is sobering and I'm searching for coping mechanisms other than reminiscing on all the other times fans have been let down when it comes to the one-sided obsession we have with this game.

Besides the strike-shortened season of 1994, I'm fortunate that the only adjustment I've had to make was the prior year. My hometown team, the Tidewater Tides, dropped the alliteration in their catchy team name in favor of acknowledging the City of Norfolk, which in all fairness was an overdue gesture as Norfolk had been hosting the team since 1969.

The name change seemed like a big deal at the time but maybe that's because it also came with a change of scenery as the Tides left their well-worn environs of Metropolitan Park and moved into brand new digs. Harbor Park still stands as home to the Tides currently and is every b…

1994-96 Oneonta Yankees

For those with a keen sense of foreshadowing, last week's Oneonta Tigers cap might have been a pretty good clue that I would be featuring the infamous Oneonta Yankees for this week's Fresh Fitted Friday selection.






If you're a regular reader here you know that that the Oneonta Yankees hat is one that's been on my Wish List for a long time and I imagine that being the case for anyone who collected MILB cards in the 80's and 90's as well. A great many Yankee greats got their start in Oneonta and it's going to be fun to wear this cap to Yankee Stadium this season.

This one is not going on the Trading Block however please don't 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 …