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1989-90 Columbus Mudcats

Regular readers of this blog know that I like to get topical on here and while that can potentially lead to posts seeming to be dated down the line, I still enjoy the correlation between hats and certain current events and holidays. 

That being said, I am surprised that for last week's post I didn't think to write about a team from a city named Columbus as we were leading into Columbus Day weekend. Thankfully we aren't too many days removed from the actual holiday so it still feels timely to feature this Columbus Catfish hat for this week's post.

It might seem tame compared to today's current MILB caps but this Mudcats logo —along with the Durham Bulls cap—helped usher in MILB caps into the mainstream consciousness.
This New Era tag is commonly seen on snapbacks from the late 1980's and early 1990's.
The lack of the MILB batterman solidifies the theory that this cap is not from the mid-1990's at all.
The squarish brim and plain black taping inside the crown further proves that this cap is from the late 1980's or early 1990's.
I listed this week's cap as being a Columbus Mudcats but there is a chance it was originally sold as a Carolina Mudcats cap because the team continued to mainly wear the caps with red crown and black brims for their first few seasons in North Carolina before they introduced the caps with the black crown and red brims.

Nevertheless, this version fits my narrative and if I want to call it a Columbus Mudcats cap then it's my right to do so just as you have every right to refer to the holiday as Indigenous People's Day rather than Columbus Day. 

I certainly use the former but that's only because I'd rather honor the people that were here first as opposed to the murderous tyrant who invaded their home and helped eradicate them. See how it works with that whole narrative thing? 

This cap is not going on the Trading Block because it's technically not one that I own (not a big fan of red hats, remember?) however please do not 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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