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.
Today’s episode is about one of the alternate caps of the five-time German champions, Regensburg Legionäre from Southern Bavaria, close to the Czech border.
In a previous episode, I told you about my trip to the 2017 European Champions Cup in Regensburg and about the cap of T&A San Marino I bought there. At the time I had to choose between that cap of San Marino and the home cap of the Regensburg Legionäre.
During that week, I was able to get on the field and into the press room, thanks to a press card that was awarded to me. It was a great experience to be able to get at places, no ordinary fan can get to.
During this tournament, I met several people I knew through Facebook already: photographer Iris Drobny, baseball journalist Sam Gilman (who is running the digital baseball magazine EBM), Tim Collins (whom I had met in Hoofddorp during the 2016 European Championships, for the first time), just to name a few.
A cherry on the cake was the visit I paid to the beautiful town center of Regensburg, and to Walhalla (a kind of Hall of Fame of famous Germans. This building was constructed in the shape of an old Greek temple), both beautifully located at/near the Danube river.
On the downside, the manager of my favorite club, Amsterdam Pirates, saved his best pitcher for the finals, that never came, as Pirates lost 8-9 to Fortitudo Bologna in the semi-final. But overall, that week in Regensburg was very enjoyable.
That Regensburg Legionäre home cap, I wasn’t able to buy since I bought the San Marino cap, came a few years later. My buddy, who used to be the press spokesman of Neptunus, arranged it, together with this maroon alternate beauty. IMHO there is no other club in Europe that is so active with merchandise. Sure, the home cap of the Legionäre stays the same: black with an Old English R on the front. But next to this home cap the club has seen several alternates already. A digital camo cap, a white cap with black piping and a black lid, currently a baby blue alternate, this beautiful maroon alternate, and their latest alternate is what the club calls the sponsor cap, a black one with a grey-ish R with a yellow outline. On the side of that cap, the logo of the sponsor, Guggenberger construction company, is shown.
But as soon as I saw this maroon cap, I fell in love with it. I am still thankful my buddy arranged it for me.
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