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1982 Wichita Aeros (Hat Club Retro)

Two consecutive posts since returning from my most recent break and now I'm firmly back in my wheelhouse which is showing love to esoteric MILB logos! This week's Fresh Fitted Friday selection is a 1982 Wichita Aeros retro that I got from Hat Club back in the early part of 2021 while they were on a tear of releasing retro MILB caps.

Wichita only wore this logo for one season in 1982 and despite the original cap being of the "Fresh Mesh" variety and that the thickness of Hat Club's "W" is way too thick here, what grated on me was their decision to use red stitching on the white panels of the cap. All good though, all I needed was a a seam ripper to be back in business!

I have an order in the works with my plug for a vintage snapback version of this cap which also has a green undervisor however for some reason I've always preferred grey undervisors when it comes to Montreal Expos affiliates. Either way I'm happy to have this logo in an "everyday" cap as well as a historically accurate version one that is on way which will sit nicely on ice.

The red stitching on the blue panels here doesn't bother me as much here as it did when i saw it on the white panels but I'm still considering ripping these out too although I'm worried the hat gods will see that as going too far and will punish me by letting the cap fall apart due to my transgression!

Today is National Aviation Day so with Wichita being the Air Capital of the World, it makes total sense to break out this hat out right now does it not? The Aeros incarnation of minor league baseball in Wichita played in the Triple-A American Association from 1970 through 1984 however the Wichita franchise that I'll remember most was the Wichita Wranglers of the Double-A Texas League which was active from 1987 through 2007.

I must be honest in that before locking in on National Aviation Day as the theme for this week's blog post, I was completely unaware of Wichita's rich aviation history however I was pleased to learn it all started because Clyde Cessna chose Wichita as the location for manufacturing his planes in 1916.

There are many reasons why factories are not as prevalent as they once were through the United States but learning that Wichita is still plugging away as a leader in aviation is a testament to the determination of folks there to remain relevant in that industry. Their example gives me hope that the U.S. can have a return to glory when it comes to making goods here.

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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