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1997 New Britain Rock Cats

Welcome back folks! I’m happy to report I’ll be picking up this week right where we left off before the break as I’ve got yet another classic, yet now-defunct, Eastern League relic for this week’s Fresh Fitted Friday post.

It’s been five years since my New Britain Rock Cats snapback blog post and unsurprisingly the logo on this fitted version of the cap seems just as wacky to me now as it ever has!

The lack of an embroidered New Era flag on the outside of the cap tells me this cap is definitely from before 1999 but we will need to look under the hood for the whole story.

These New Era and MILB tags were last used in 1996 so it’s safe to say those tags are leftovers from those years and that this cap is actually from 1997 as that is when this particular size tag first appeared.

A nice and flat MILB batterman is one of those small touches that I miss most from the caps of yesteryear.

The Rock Cats logo has always been an enigma to me. On one hand I appreciate them adopting a fresh and unique identity in 1995, which I should note was when their contemporaries were only beginning to take such risks.

Maybe I never fully connected with this design because it got drowned out by all of the other newly minted feline and canine themed logos in that era such as Portland Sea Dogs, Erie SeaWolves, Ottawa Lynx, Albany Polecats, which I’m saying counts as a cat even though it’s supposed to be a skunk.

I suppose when it it comes to the topic of “zany minor league teams that have sea-inhabitants in the cap logo” my preference seems to veer toward Carolina Mudcats, Hickory Crawdads, Vermont Lake Monsters, Brevard County Manatees, Beloit Snappers and even the Norwich Navigators. 

In addition to this cap not resonating with me a whole lot, it’s also a bit small for my head so it’s going on the Trading Block! If you are a 7 1/4, please don't hesitate to reach out to propose a trade for this (or any other cap from that list) if you have something you think I might like. Bonus points if it's something from my Wish List!

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