While we applaud you for supporting a team that hasn’t won the World Series in over 100 years, it’s time conversation surrounding your lid didn’t start with general mocking and pity (sorry, Cubs fans). With mascots like a critical beer ingredient and a handlebar mustache, these unusual minor league caps by 47 Brand are playing in the bigs when it comes to awesomeness. Because unlike the Cubbies, a strip of bacon can never let you down.
Charleston Charlies (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders; Triple A affiliate of the New York Yankees): A baseball cap featuring a baseball wearing a cap? Doesn’t get much better than that. The Charlies are now known as the much less catchy Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, which makes this hat practically limited edition.
Lansing Lugnuts (Single-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays): The Lansing Lugnuts played in Oldsmobile Park (now known as Cooley Law School Stadium) named after a Lansing-based General Motors division. Fingers crossed this sweet insignia lasts a lot longer than the actual Oldsmobile brand.
Eugene Emeralds (Single-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres): The Emeralds found the best way to represent their Pacific Northwestern identity was with the mysterious woodland creature, Sasquatch (pictured here chomping an Evergreen).
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies): Much like the Steelers, Lehigh Valley’s name takes inspiration from Pennsylvania’s renowned steel industry. A steel pig refers to the “pig iron” used in the manufacturing process. What we love even more than the Iron Pigs is this baconified hat, new for the current season.
Vermont Lake Monsters (Single-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics): The Loch Ness like logo features Champ, the lake monster that resides in Lake Champlain on the US-Canada border. We've seen him, we swear.
Hillsboro Hops (Single-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks): Voted best name and logo in the Minor Leagues, the Hillsboro Hops (and mascot Barley) do not disappoint. Oregon’s hops-production industry is the second largest in the nation.
Las Vegas 51S (Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets): The team formerly known as the Las Vegas Stars was given an intergalactic update in 2000. The Area 51 branding is complete with a baseball-themed alien logo. Meanwhile, their actual mascot, Cosmo, looks like an overfed Jar Jar Binks.
Lexington Legends (Single-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals): A handlebar mustache logo for a team called anything other than “The Legends” would be gross misrepresentation.
Richmond Flying Squirrels (Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants): The Richmond Flying Squirrels acquired their unique name in 2009 from a local newspaper contest. Other name suggestions included Rhinos and (yikes) Hush Puppies.
Lake County Captains (Single-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians): Mid-inning entertainment includes races featuring fish mascots Buster Bluegill, Captain Clipper and Willy Walleye.
Akron RubberDucks (Double-A affiliated with the Cleveland Indians): Much like fellow Indians affiliate the Captains, Akron also opted for an aquatic theme. The RubberDucks emerged from Akron’s history in the rubber industry as the home to Goodyear and Firestone.
Portland Sea Dogs (Double-A affiliate of the Boston Redsox): Hadlock Field, modeled after Fenway, is home to Portland’s official mascot, Slugger the Sea Dog. Whom you do not wanna mess with—just look at him.