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 today’s (short) episode of “Personal Stories About Ballcaps,” we pay attention to the authentic on field cap of the Norwegian national baseball team.
The first time I saw this cap was in 2018 or 2019 when I attended a day of the now defunct Battle at the Castle youth baseball tournament at Oosterhout Twins. I saw someone walk who wore this cap. From that moment on I tried to figure out how to lay my hands on a specimen but for a long time that was in vain. Until 2022.
In 2021, I interviewed several players with a Dutch background, that played abroad. One of those players was Tristan Korf, born in the Netherlands but emigrated to Norway as he followed his mom, who went there. Back then, I did not think about the cap. As a matter of fact, I had given up on it.
But in 2022, Tristan approached me with a crowdfunding request. The Norwegian team was about to play a qualifier for the 2023 European Championship, but since baseball is a very small sport, players needed to pay the trip themselves. This crowdfunding was set up as follows. If you paid a certain amount, a special edition Norwegian national team cap would be sent to you. This was my chance. I wired the money to Tristan and eventually, I received three caps: two black special editions (one for a friend of mine) and the authentic Norwegian of field cap.
So finally, after three/four years, this baby was home.
What I like about this cap is the old English N, which gives it a classic look. And of course the Norwegian flag on the side.
I am still thankful that Tristan gave me this shot to get this cap.
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