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2019 Los Murciélagos de Louisville (Louisville Bats team - Copa de la Diversión)

This week's Los Murciélagos de Louisville cap is a nod to Mexican Independence Day which commemorates the "The Cry of Dolores" that was as a call to arms by Roman-Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla in the early morning on this day in 1810 thus sparking the Mexican War of Independence that would not end until Spain withdrew its forces on August 24, 1821.

Mexico's victory was followed by the signing of the Act of Independence of Central America in Guatemala City on September 15, 1821. This proclamation effectively created the Federal Republic of Central America which was comprised of Mexico's neighbors directly to the south: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.

By 1841 however, the newly created union had dissolved when each of those former Spanish territories created their own independent republics, all of which still consider "September 15" as their Day of Independence to this day. Because of the historical significance of this date, it also marks the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States.

The month-long celebration of the achievements and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the US. As someone who is certifiably obsessed with baseball, my mind of course goes right to names like Roberto Clemente, Juan Marichal, Rod Carew and Fernando Valenzuela, who even though was a Dodger still deserves mountains of respect!

Fittingly enough, Roberto Clemente Day was celebrated across Major League Baseball yesterday and without even planning to do so, the Tampa Bay Rays became the first MLB team to feature an all-Latino starting line-up which was all the more special as each of those nine players honored Clemente by wearing his number '21' on their road jerseys for the game.

The percentage of players born in Latin America and of Latin American descent has been on a steady rise over the years which is why campaigns like the Copa de la Diversión play such an important role in making the sport more inclusive. This week's Fresh Fitted Friday is the ninth Copa hat that I've featured and I've definitely got more on deck for you good folks!

There are no obvious references to Mexican culture or history in this logo however there is a heavy dose of warriorlike symbolism here as bats represent death, night and sacrifice in the Maya civilization of Mesoamerica. Click here if you'd like to read up more on the bat god known as Camazotz, which some might believe was a precursor to Batman!

Sadly, this cap is of the "Made in China" variety which isn't suprising as 2019 was the year New Era's Derby plant closed forever.

I would have liked gold eyelets here but the red and black combo is more than striking enough!

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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