Saturday, July 04, 2009


It's been a while since I did a Clothing Project post and it has also been a while since I wore this hat. So, combining the two seems a good idea.

I picked this hat for obvious reasons today--as it is red, white, and blue and features a letter A. Happy birthday America! But, I also like this hat a lot because of its groovy 1974 font styles.

It is, of course, an Atlanta Braves hat for the design years when Hank Aaron was finishing his march on Babe Ruth's record of 714 career home runs. I purchased this hat a few years back when my previous Braves hat disappeared.

I honestly don't remember where it went, but it probably snuck away and met up with the six or seven other Braves hats that I have lost in Atlanta-area restaurants during my childhood. I used to have several of the lighter blue caps from the early 1980s and every summer that we went to a game, (being a polite young Southern boy) I'd take my hat off and place it beside me on the booth seat while we ate at Shoney's. (I almost guarantee that it was a Shoney's.) And when the meal was over, my mind sluggish with the satiation from the endless salad bar and the Italian Feast, and (if I was lucky) the Hot Fudge Cake, I'd leave the restaurant and forget to grab my new Braves hat with the not-broken-in brim.

And now, since the Braves aren't lighting up the division (though the division as a whole isn't all that impressive) I repurpose the hat to celebrate America on the 4th of July.

After all, as TBS always (used to?) say, "The Atlanta Braves: America's Team!"

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