This week's Fresh Fitted Friday selection is unique in that it's actually of the Fresh Foam variety! This is the second ever foam pillbox cap that I've written about with the first being a Tidewater Tides snapback with nearly identical construction as this week's Charleston Charlies hat.
|The Charlies were a Cleveland affiliate from 1981 through 1983 and this logo takes the block "C" logo their parent team wore from 1979-86 and adds white piping around the crown. That is a touchstone of cap styles in 1983 which was the only year this cap was worn as well as their last season in Charleston, WV.|
I'm assuming anyone reading this far into the post must be a regular reader who is no doubt aware that I like to have fun with themes here and occasionally those themes tie into current events so you might be wondering how I decided on this cap from Charleston, WV.
The answer is a little obtuse but the passing of Prince Philip last Friday made me think of his eldest son, Charles, Prince of Wales and of course, growing up in Virginia means I'm always wondering if any regal-sounding city is named in honor of some member of English nobility.
It turns out Charleston is actually named for the father of Col. George Clendenin who is known as being the founder of what is now the capital and most populous city of West Virginia. Now that you've learned a little of the town's origin story, I've got a few caps on deck of other defunct Charleston teams so be sure to come back over the next few weeks to check them out!
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.
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