It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but fear not, I’ve been keeping my eyes open and stockpiling photos just for these entries.
This is the first example I’ve given of an actual MLB cap. Those before this were "fashion caps," just an example of current fads with an MLB team on them made to sell more merchandise. This is an honest-to-goodness game legal Montreal Expos cap. And not just for one or two years. They used this for decades.
It’s easy to see where this design came from. Montreal was a HUGE center for "The Summer of Love" in 1967, which just happens to be when Montreal was granted a new MLB franchise. John Lennon and Yoko Ono recorded "Give Peace A Chance" in a hotel room in Montreal that summer. So, it appears that the people who designed this cap were with the Lennons at their bed-in, did a LOT of drugs, then made the cap that would be used by the Expos for nearly their entire run as a Major League team.
And honestly, what is with that symbol? Sure, it’s a cleverly designed "M" using the red, white, and blue color scheme of the team, but as a child I always thought it said "elb." I mean, look at it! Even today I can hardly see the "M" in it.
And the colors… First of all, the overuse of red, white, and blue makes it look like the Canadians were ******* up to the Americans, almost like they had an inferiority complex when it came to their entry into Major League Baseball. And the use of the colors on the cap makes it look like this is a hat from the Montreal Clown College.
As sorry as I am for the people of Montreal and the loss of their franchise, at least the Nationals have a pretty classy uniform design…
In my opinion, this is the greatest Angels hat that has ever existed. It was used from 1972-1992, and though it never won a World Series like its new red brother, there’s a lot of history here.
I’ve had probably five or six of these in my life, but alas, they became impossible to get after Disney bought the team and gave us the ugliest uniforms since the 1970’s. And for the last few years, the Cooperstown Collection has offered only the original LA Angels cap.
So imagine my surprise when I was looking at Angels apparel online a few weeks ago and found Cooperstown Collection finally giving the Angels a bit of respect. Of course, I immediately ordered one, and it has replaced my red New Era cap atop my head ever since.
If you’re an Angels fan, you need this hat!
In the very least, people won’t think you’re a bandwagonner!
Salvador Dali started designing fan apparel?
Or was it Freddy Krueger?
This cap available for purchase here