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1992 Fort Myers Miracle

Last weekend was St. Patrick's Day and I'm unsure if neglecting to feature a green cap was a goof or a pro move on my part but this week's sea-green gem is as rare as a four-leaf clover in the world of minor league hat collecting: a 1992 Fort Myers Miracle snapback.

The Miracle only wore this hat for their inaugural season in 1992 and while their more recent cap logos have more widespread recognition, the simplicity of this week's cap appeals to the biggest MILB hat nerds.

I went with an aerial view so you could see that this cap was produced by AJD, who was more well known in the 1990's for their Zubaz creations than their MILB caps.

Interesting to see how the Paris Green underbrim here differs from other caps at that time. See, I told you there would be GREEEEEN!!!!

Despite how little I care about Florida's MLB teams, some of of my favorite cap logos
(e.g. Kissimmee,  Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Jacksonville, etc.)  come from teams in that state. But, instead of focusing on the negative aspects of the Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins, I like to think about all of the youthful optimism that the minor league teams represent.

The Minnesota Twins selected Brian Raabe in the 1990 MLB June Amateur Draft. They won the World Series the following year and in 1992 he played for the Miracle which was a co-op team with Minnesota for one season before it became a full affiliate in 1993.

I looked Raabe up and found that he's currently head baseball coach at Bethel University in Arden Hills, Minnesota. He never had much success in the big leagues but he put up some decent numbers in Triple-A at the end of his career. I meant to ask him why he decided to hang up his cleats then but I kept forgetting. Anyway, you can check out those stats here.

I hope everyone enjoys these posts as much as I enjoy writing about them but I'd like to make a plea for the cap collecting community to stop dissing these rare snapbacks from the late 20th century. Keep in mind these lower-level teams were not financially equipped to outfit players with fitted caps especially when their clubhouses had revolving doors! 

In case anyone out there wants to retro this cap, the dimensions of this logo are 5cm x 5.5cm (W x H). I'm not sure if the left part of the logo is meant to be crooked like it is on mine so use your best judgement there! T

his cap isn't for sale or trade however don't hesitate to reach out if there's something you like on the Trading Block and you are willing to part with any of the hats on my Wish List.

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