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.
In this episode of “Personal Stories About Ballcaps,” we pay attention to the cap of the München-Haar Disciples.
For long, my collection mainly contained MLB caps, MiLB caps, and a few Dutch caps. But in 2018, I had the opportunity to add a German cap to my collection.
In 2016, I met Tim Collins, play-by-play announcer of the München-Haar Disciples, during the European Championship, when he broadcasted games with his Youtube channel. One day, I walked from the stadium in Hoofddorp to the second field where Belgium took on France. Tim sat at the berm to watch the game. I sat down next to him and we had a nice conversation for at least forty-five minutes.
Two years later, he attended the Super6 to broadcast those games. Knowing he would come to Hoofddorp, I contacted him through Facebook Messenger and asked him if he could bring a cap of the München-Haar Disciples for me.
And thus happened. Between two games, I went to Tim and he handed over the cap in exchange for some money. The foundation of my collection of German baseball caps was laid. What I like about this cap is the two-tone colors and the playful D on the front.
Currently, my collection contains sixteen caps from Germany, but I have plans to visit the Mainz Athletics this year, so I can add a cap of that club as well. Of the current North Division of the 1. Bundesliga, I have caps of all clubs, but I still want the road version of the Cologne Cardinals.
Of the South Division, I still want to add two: the aforementioned cap of the Mainz Athletics and the one of the Mannheim Tornados. Then the cap of the Hünstetten Storm will be left, but I don’t like that one.
Perhaps, the Regensburg Legionäre will unveil a nice new cap again this year. As far as I know, there isn’t a club in Europe that is as active as the Legionäre when it comes to releasing new merchandise or caps. In the past two seasons, the Legionäre released three new caps. One all black, but with a maroon undervisor, one maroon alternate cap, and one all black with a gray R with a yellow outline, and the logo of the sponsor on the side.
This München-Haar Disciples cap made me decide to focus more on caps of European clubs than on MLB caps. It is not hard to buy an MLB cap, as you can get them literally everywhere. With these European caps, it is a challenge at times to acquire one, because in general, you can only get them at the ballpark of those clubs.