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1997-98 Norwich Navigators - Fresh Fitted Friday!!!!

For this week's Fresh Fitted Friday selection from The Great eBay Haul, I decided to continue riffing on the reptile theme from last week's Wisconsin Timber Rattlers post with this Norwich Navigators cap from 1998. Get it? Navi-GATORS?!?! HAHAHAHA

The Albany-Colonie Yankees of the Eastern League moved to Norwich, CT in 1995 and their rebrand as the Navigators lasted until the 2006 season when they became the Connecticut Defenders. In 2010, the team moved to Virginia and ever since have been known as the Richmond Flying Squirrels which was a rebrand helmed by Brandiose.

The logos and sweatband tags are spot on with other caps that are tagged here as 1998 but as we saw with last week's Timber Rattlers cap, the lack of a New Era flag is not always a dead giveaway that a cap is from before 1999. Just like with last week's cap, I've seen lots of 1999 baseball cards where players wore Navigators caps without the flag. 

One last item of note that a friend recently pointed out to me was the nautical correlation between the Navigators and the Triple-A team that was a level above it for many years: the Columbus Clippers. Even though the Navigators logo is cartoonishly hokey, I like that the Yankees allowed the team to have fun with it as it's an organization that is known to run a tight ship

I'll be here all week; try the veal. 

Because this cap is a bit too small for me, it's going on the Trading Block as I'm hoping someone out there is looking for an old school classic such as this one and is willing to part with one of the caps on my Wish List.

I'll showcase another cap from The Great eBay Haul next week so I hope you come back then. 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 following social sites:

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