This series is inspired by the must read book “All Caps, Stories That Justify an Outrageous Hat Collection” by Craig Colby. Craig wrote this book about the many caps he has and the stories behind it. Anyhow, this series will be about the caps I own and the stories behind them.
This episode is about the original home cap of the Montgomery Biscuits. The club was founded in 2004 and was a big hit in Montgomery, which had not seen affiliated baseball since 1981, when the Montgomery Rebels left the capital of Alabama to become the Birmingham Barons.
The first home cap the team sported was yellow with a blue lid. When I saw it, I fell in love with it immediately. Also, their sleeveless jerseys were awesome. Because of their nickname, the team was also called the butter and blue.
At the time, I was a member of a baseball forum, The mother of the radio play-by-play announcer of the Biscuits, was also a member. She always wrote about the club and that intrigued me. Eventually, she convinced me to listen to some games and ask her son some questions.
It was fun to listen to those games. Somehow, following baseball on radio does something with your imagination. Back then, it was fun to see how former Biscuits players made it to the bigs. Evan Longoria, for example, was destined for something big. He was part of the championship team in 2006.
Eventually, I asked the play-by-play announcer if he could send me a home cap, for which I would pay, of course. He proposed something different. Since he wanted to have a Dutch 2006 WBC cap, he proposed a cap trade. I would send him this all black WBC cap with an interlocking NL on the front, and he would send me the Montgomery Biscuits home cap. Eventually, he added some goodies to the parcel, like a plush of the Biscuits’ mascot Big Mo.
I cherish this cap, especially now the Biscuits have abandoned their inaugural look. They replaced the yellow cap with a blue lid with an all blue cap, and their sleeveless jerseys were replaced by jerseys with sleeves. IMHO no improvement. Nevertheless, the Montgomery Biscuits are still my favorite minor league team. A visit to their ballpark, Riverwalk Stadium, is still on my bucket list.
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