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Sox Caps Showcase: Mixing It Up

by OspreysFB

Hey Chicago 鈥 I am absolutely thrilled to be back with another fitted cap showcase for Sox On 35th.聽 Since the first installment a few weeks ago, the White Sox have gone 10-5,聽we learned aliens have been playing pranks on our military for years, Mike Tyson turned 55-years-old, and I was able to put together some more White Sox fitted hat concepts to share with you all.聽 That鈥檚 really it.聽 That鈥檚 all that鈥檚 happened.聽聽

The grouping of Sox designs featured here is a little more colorful than the first concepts, where I leaned more on the modern-yet-also-classic look of the Sox grey and black.聽 Well, not only do the Sox have a staggeringly comprehensive set of logos and caps, but they also have a deep roster of colors in their team history.聽 They鈥檙e really beautiful colors that all work together 鈥 navy blue from the EARLY years, white, grey, black, bright baby blue, silver, bright red 鈥 even yellow!聽 There is so much exquisite material to work with in the Sox history. The only standard colors missing are purple and green and, guess what 鈥 your mascot is green, so even THAT color can be utilized while also staying somewhat true to the team鈥檚 identity.聽聽

Alright, let鈥檚 jump into it:

This one is a personal favorite.聽 It features the iconic 鈥淏atterman鈥 baseball player-logo the team used from 1976-1990 and pinstripes as a calling to the current uniforms, but shaded powder blue (like Bill Melton is sporting here) instead of black or white.聽 The 鈥淏atterman鈥 logo is one that resonates with fans for so many reasons.聽 I think it perfectly encapsulates 70鈥檚 style.聽Let鈥檚 face it, the era that somehow managed to make brown and tan gaudy didn鈥檛 produce many other fashion choices that people would consider 鈥渢imeless鈥, but this is one that holds up and is quite popular in the fitted hat collector community.聽

Fast-forwarding to the present day, the new City Connect uniforms were pretty well-received and I have to agree with the overall fan sentiment.聽 In fact,聽I think the Sox hit a home run with these designs (get the joke guys?聽It鈥檚 a baseball joke.聽 I can explain it later).

Anyway, I wanted to use the Chi logo in a way that didn鈥檛 depart too much from the team鈥檚 current bad-ass, black, white, and silver/gray scheme.聽 I figured, if all three of those colors look great together, why not mash 鈥榚m together into a dark grey?聽 Joking aside,聽 I could see the Sox rolling with this look and thought it didn鈥檛 go away too far from the general direction/intent of the City Connect theme.聽聽

I admit it.聽 I love powder blue.聽 I also love the story of one of the most courageous athletes of the last 60 years, the recently departed, Phillies-and-Sox legend Dick Allen, who is wearing powder blue here AND here.聽 I know that most baseball fans do not associate the Sox with anything other than white, black, grey, and maybe red, but I couldn鈥檛 help myself here.聽聽

These two Sox designs incorporate the embroidered jersey logo from the 1917 champs and one of the more pleasing World Series patches that I can remember coming across.聽 Bringing together two sets of eras respectively, I used the lovely retro powder-blue-and-red scheme for one of the caps, and the other features the black-and-red combination the team wore in the 1950s.

By the way, speaking of the 1917 Champs, have you ever looked at some of the batting statistics from the 鈥淒ead Ball Era鈥?聽 They are MIND-BLOWING.聽 The Sox leading home run hitter in 1917 and had SIX home runs in 575 at-bats 鈥 the immortal Happy Felsch famously portrayed by Ricky 鈥淲ild Thing鈥 Vaughn before he became a pitcher for the Indians 70 years later.聽

And just for good measure, here is another red-and-powder-blue cap, this one featuring the first version of the famous vertically-cascading SOX logo that the team wore in the 1950s and 1960s.聽 The side patch is a recolored version of the yellow-circle Sox logo that the team used for 21 years.

In my first post from a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned working with some Twitter followers who have come to me with ideas or themes that they鈥檝e perhaps always wanted to see on a cap or jersey.聽 One of those followers is Brock Howard (Twitter profile).聽 Now, Brock is a Royals fan, but he is also a great guy, I swear!聽Additionally, he has a real knack for coming up with some killer fitted cap ideas and has worked with me on quite a few concepts.聽 Here are two we brainstormed & mocked up together:

For the life of me, I don鈥檛 know why the Marlins ever moved away from their original teal uniform set.聽 How can anyone justify going from this beauty to this?聽 The Giant 鈥淢鈥, the departure from using a truly unique combination of teal and silver 鈥 I disliked everything about the change.聽 The teams鈥 most recent on-field caps are a slight improvement, but Brock and I felt it was an easy choice to 鈥渢eal-ify鈥 these and bring back a little bit of the silver in the process.聽 The side patch is a recolored version of this, which marked the ten-year anniversary of the team鈥檚 first World Series win.聽聽

This Rangers cap is another collab effort from Brock and I and was pretty well-received by folks when we originally 鈥渄ropped鈥 it on Twitter.聽 It features the Rangers鈥 primary logo from 1972-1981, which was never used on the team鈥檚 on-field caps.聽 We opted to use the team鈥檚 red + powder/sky/baby/light blue color scheme, which reminded me a bit of the old Houston Oilers uniform sets.聽Once again, I love light blue and I am sorry, but I am not going to apologize for it.聽聽

Truth be told, I feel a little funny about using Native-American-related imagery on any designs.聽 The Braves鈥 use of the Tomahawk Chop chant always felt like an example of 鈥渃asual racism鈥 as opposed to a 鈥渞espectful homage鈥. Unfortunately, the team鈥檚 entire visual identity is geared around using either the letter 鈥淎鈥 or some sort of Native American-themed logos.聽Out of all of them, I felt the tomahawk itself was probably the most innocuous, so I used it here along with adding a 鈥渢l鈥 in Bauhaus font.聽 This cap isn鈥檛 perfect and probably can be tweaked a little, but I liked the idea and thought it would be popular with Braves fans, so I figured I鈥檇 include it.

Finally, we have a Rays cap in the orange-red-and-white creamsicle scheme that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wore for their first 20 seasons.聽 It would not surprise me in the slightest if the Sox and Rays end up playing in the ALCS this year.聽 The matchup wouldn鈥檛 exactly be a rating bonanza, but it would almost certainly be a compelling series, especially if you鈥檙e into pitching.聽 I strayed a bit from my preferred method of using colors from each teams鈥 respective histories because鈥o you really need a reason?聽 It鈥檚 the TB creamsicle colors, for Pete鈥檚 sake.聽聽聽聽聽聽聽

There aren鈥檛 many teams that involve a blended color/gradient look, and I like the end result here; swapping out the orange/green/purple/blue from the Rays inaugural logo with the Bucs鈥 orange and red.聽

As a bonus, I included a similar cap for the back-to-back NHL champs using the same color scheme and a side patch for their most recent Stanley Cup.聽

Lastly, I mentioned this in the previous piece, but I have been a sports logo/uniform 鈥渘erd鈥 for just about my entire life.聽 When I was 12 or 13, you could have mailed an issue of Playboy to me and if it arrived the same day as the 1-800-Pro Team or Eastbay catalog, I鈥檇 have read those first.聽 This goes without saying, but I get a lot of personal enjoyment out of creating these concepts and even more out of sharing them with you all.聽聽聽聽

After the first article, there was a steady flow of messages from Sox fans asking where they could buy real-life, fitted versions of some of my cap designs.聽 I asked a few readers where they get their Sox merchandise and the name I kept hearing was Grandstand Ltd. (who have a CRAZY selection of Sox hats that is shockingly vast 鈥 seriously, I was worried I鈥檇 see a few of the hats I already made on there).聽

The feedback from you all inspired me to reach out to them and I鈥檓 pleased to report that it sounds like there is a chance a Sox concept-or-two may make it onto Grandstand鈥檚 shelves.聽 Nothing is official, but I鈥檝e been given their blessing to pass the news along to the Sox On 35th readers. Josh and Stephanie (Grandstand managing ownership) seem like incredibly nice people and are both VERY devoted to the fitted hat 鈥渨orld鈥, so needless to say, I am pretty excited to see where it goes (OK鈥really excited to see where it goes)聽

Without Joe Binder and the team at Sox On 35th, as well as the encouragement and feedback from the enormously supportive Sox community, I鈥檓 not sure this would be possible.聽Thank you.聽聽聽聽

Until next time, thank you for reading, and GO SOX!

PS: I wanted to give another 鈥渢hanks鈥澛 to Sportslogos.net as several of the links used in the article go right to their site.聽 I recommend checking out their forums for lots of other cool design concepts that others have created over the years.

If you missed the first installment of Steve鈥檚 鈥淪ox Cap Showcase,鈥 you can read it here. Be sure to also give him a follow on Twitter @OspreysFB to see additional hat designs!

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