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 of “Personal Stories About Ballcaps” is about the on-field cap of the Swedish national baseball team. This cap had been on my wish list for a very long time. For years, Sweden sported a royal blue cap with the well known three crown (tre kronor) logo on the front. Eventually, the team turned to navy caps because they would look more impressive. I must admit that these navy caps look much better than the previous royal blue ones.
For years I tried to figure out where to buy this cap, but I couldn’t figure it out. Eventually, in 2016, during the European Championship in Hoofddorp in the Netherlands, these caps were up for sale. The price was rather steep. Nowadays, it is quite normal to charge 40 Euros for a New Era cap, but back then, it was really expensive. For a moment I hesitated, but then I got back to reality: “If I want this cap, this is the moment to buy it.” So I paid 40 Euros and got my specimen. It would not be the only cap I scored with that tournament, but more about that later.
It was great to attend this 2016 European Championship tournament. Not only as a fan, but also as a photographer. I was awarded a press card, which gave me permission to get at places where regular fans cannot come.
A few years later, I bought the authentic and matching home jersey of the Swedish national team, to complete the thing. Personally, I think the Swedes have the best looking cap and jersey in international baseball.