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2020 Jamestown Tarp Skunks - Fresh Fitted Friday!!!!

It's been a week since "Opening Day" came and went without (actually coming) and it should come as no surprise that I've resorted to watching random vintage baseball clips that I find online. In short, I'll do whatever it takes to fill the void this quarantine is serving me.

In the interests of fairness, this time of self-reflection has had some positive effects and the first of those is I've had a chance to organize my hat collection a bit so the next few series that I run should have me diving in even deeper than you've seen me do in the past.

I'll be looking for ways to keep things fresh around here and the first way I'll do that is by featuring a cap from the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League,which is something I've never done before so may I present to you, the 2020 Jamestown Tarp Skunks cap!

If MILB teams are known for fostering a loose environment regarding silly team names and promotions, I'd be willing to be the Tarp Skunks have some wild events and giveways planned if the 2020 season ever kicks off and I hope it does.

In all my years of wearing ballcaps, I dont know if I've ever seen a logo's embroidery being visible while looking upon the the interior panel.

No one should be shocked that there is no MILB tag on the sweatband but it would have been cool to see something denoting the PGCBL

I've also grown accustomed to seeing some sort of batterman logo on the rear of all recent caps so it looks a bit off without one here. Maybe one day the PGCBL will add one to their caps.

One thing I love about under the radar caps like these is that there's usually more to the story than you'd guess upon first glance. In the case of the Tarp Skunks, if you investigate the origin of the team's name as I have, you'll quickly find yourself down a rabbit hole, or tarp skunk hole of information.

While doing my due diligence, I learned (by going to a site run by people more knowledgeable than myself) that the inspiration for the team's name was a Chautauqua County native named Howard Ehmke. 

In addition to being an accomplished MLB player and World Series champion, his biggest contribution to the game derives from his founding Ehmke Manufacturing Company, which is the company that is credited with creating the first infield tarp.

Another fun thing I noticed while doing research on this team and the PGCBL is that there are a fair number of former New York–Penn League towns besides Jamestown that are now members of the collegiate summer league. 

The two main teams that come to mind are the Utica Blue Sox and the Elmira Pioneers. Did you really think I wouldn't find a way to incorporate this week's post with the last series that I featured on this blog?

I appreciate Elmira and Utica retaining those long-lasting team names and I'm happy to see other former NYPL towns such as Albany, Glens Falls, Geneva, Little Falls, Newark, Oneonta and Watertown are all represented in the PGCBL. Knowing all this now, I can't think of any excuse not to check out some games this summer provided the games actually happen.

This one 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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