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Pre-2004 Akron Aeros

Something I had not considered before the Erie write-ups over the past few weeks was while the city is undoubtedly located in Pennsylvania, it is less than a half hour drive from the Ohio border. I then realized a good number of folks in that town might have as much reason to root for Cleveland teams as they would ones in Pennsylvania such as Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

That duality is eerily (I'm so sorry that I can't help myself sometimes!) reminiscent to Toledo's situation where it is essentially part of Michigan however is technically in Ohio. Something similar can be said of Cincinnati's teetering on the border of Kentucky but I really fell down the rabbit hold when I read this article about how the Ohio River defines the borders of five states.

So I guess if you couldn't tell by now, I've really got Ohio on the brain so it's really handy that this week's Fresh Fitted Friday selection is an Akron Aeros hat.

Shout out to the good people of Akron for sticking to the message on this one as the team employed this exact same logo from 1997 through 2013. 

A while back I got my hands on a load of hats that have scenes resembling this. The messy satin taping and combination of sweatband tags could really be from 2002 but it's difficult to say for certain because as I mentioned before, the Aeros never changed their cap design. Not even once!

I love the purple MILB batterman but man, I'm really having a hard time processing why it took Akron until 2014 to create an identity which incorporates the city's long history in the rubber industry. 

This logo is fun but I think I'm going to have to put it on the Trading Block because it's just a size too small for me at 7 1/4 so please don't hesitate to reach out if you want this or 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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