Pro-Line Dual-Logo Cap Gallery

 

This page is dedicated to a series of baseball caps produced by the Pro-Line apparel brand in the nineties. There are a few qualities that make these caps more interesting than New Era caps or other boilerplate merchandise of the era. The most notable quality is the placement of embroidered MLB parent club logos on the back of the caps. To me, the connection between parent club and affiliate is what makes the affiliated minors particularly interesting, and these caps encapsulate that perfectly. Additionally, there are often whimsical and seemingly random choices of color and MLB logo. It’s always a nice surprise to find a new cap.

I first discovered this phenomenon some years back when I bought a Madison Muskies cap on eBay and was surprised to see that the back had an old Oakland A’s elephant head logo. Then I noticed the same thing with a Greensboro Bats cap I bought (Yankees) and later, an Albany Polecats cap with the Orioles’ old full-body bird logo. I now periodically scan eBay, Etsy, and Google images searches for these caps, and have been collecting the images for posterity.

I am not exactly sure of the exact time the caps were produced, but I have deduced that there was a line produced in 1993, another in 1994, and at least one more set put out after the 1994 season, likely in 1995. I don’t know if there were lines produced earlier than 1993 and it seems that those made in the later nineties are blank on the back. So these caps are likely to all be from that 1993-1995 time-span. In my gallery descriptions below, I’ll explain how I determined these years.

As of this writing, I have been able to find 77 distinct caps featuring the logos of 69 different minor league teams and 27 different MLB teams. During this time period there were still only 28 MLB teams, so that’s approaching full representation of MLB teams–the only team missing (for now) is the Philadelphia Phillies.

Here’s a quick list of the 69 minor league-MLB team pairings. Scroll down into the gallery for the images of the caps.

 

Albany Polecats and Baltimore Orioles (two versions)
Albuquerque Dukes and Los Angeles Dodgers
Appleton Foxes and Seattle Mariners
Augusta GreenJackets and Pittsburgh Pirates
Billings Mustangs and Cincinnati Reds (two versions)
Binghamton Mets and New York Mets
Birmingham Barons and Chicago White Sox
Buffalo Bisons and Pittsburgh Pirates
Capital City Bombers and New York Mets
Carolina Mudcats and Pittsburgh Pirates
Cedar Rapids Kernels and California Angels
Charleston Alley Cats and Cincinnati Reds
Charleston Rainbows and Texas Rangers
Charleston RiverDogs and Texas Rangers
Charlotte Knights and Cleveland Indians (two versions)
Chattanooga Lookouts and Cincinnati Reds
Clinton LumberKings and San Francisco Giants
Columbus Clippers and New York Yankees
Columbus RedStixx and Cleveland Indians
Durham Bulls and Atlanta Braves
Erie SeaWolves and Pittsburgh Pirates
Fort Myers Miracle and Minnesota Twins
Fort Wayne Wizards and Minnesota Twins
Greensboro Bats and New York Yankees (two versions)
Greensboro Hornets and New York Yankees
Helena Brewers and Milwaukee Brewers
Hickory Crawdads and Chicago White Sox (two versions)
High Desert Mavericks and Florida Marlins
Iowa Cubs and Chicago Cubs
Jacksonville Suns and Seattle Mariners
Jamestown Jammers and Detroit Tigers
Kane County Cougars and Florida Marlins
Knoxville Smokies and Toronto Blue Jays
Lake Elsinore Storm and California Angels
Las Vegas Stars and San Diego Padres
Louisville Redbirds and St. Louis Cardinals
Madison Hatters and St. Louis Cardinals
Madison Muskies and Oakland Athletics
Memphis Chicks and Kansas City Royals
Midland Angels and California Angels
Nashville Sounds and Chicago White Sox
New Haven Ravens and Colorado Rockies
New Orleans Zephyrs and Milwaukee Brewers
Norwich Navigators and New York Yankees
Oklahoma City 89ers and Texas Rangers
Omaha Royals and Kansas City Royals
Orlando SunRays and Chicago Cubs
Quad City River Bandits and Houston Astros
Pawtucket Red Sox and Boston Red Sox
Phoenix Firebirds and San Francisco Giants
Portland Beavers and Minnesota Twins
Portland Sea Dogs and Florida Marlins
Prince William Cannons and New York Yankees
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and San Diego Padres
Rochester Red Wings and Baltimore Orioles
Salem Buccaneers and Pittsburgh Pirates
Salt Lake Buzz and Minnesota Twins (two versions)
San Antonio Missions and Los Angeles Dodgers
Savannah Cardinals and St. Louis Cardinals
South Bend Silver Hawks and Chicago White Sox
Sultans of Springfield and Kansas City Royals
Toledo Mud Hens and Detroit Tigers
Tucson Toros and Houston Astros
Vermont Expos and Montréal Expos (two versions)
Vero Beach Dodgers and Los Angeles Dodgers
West Michigan Whitecaps and Oakland Athletics
Wichita Wranglers and San Diego Padres
Wichita Wranglers and Kansas City Royals
Winston-Salem Spirits and Cincinnati Reds
Winston-Salem Warthogs and Cincinnati Reds

 

As stated earlier, most of these images are collected from eBay and other listings. As such, there is a wide spectrum of photo quality.

 

 

Albany Polecats and Baltimore Orioles (Version 1)

The Polecats and Orioles were affiliated for two years–’93 and ’94. This cap is black on front and back crown panels with blank white panels on each side.

 

 

Albany Polecats and Baltimore Orioles (Version 2)

This is another Pro-Line Polecats/Orioles combination. Compared with the other version, this one has the colors reversed–with white in front and back and black side panels. The predominately black Polecat logo really pops against the white. The Orioles logo is on the side of the cap, and is the only Pro-Line cap I’ve seen with the logo on the side. I have no way of knowing whether this cap was produced the same year or a different year as Version 1 (above), or which cap came first.

 

 

Albuquerque Dukes and Los Angeles Dodgers

I had a sneaking suspicion that Pro-Line made a Dukes cap. After a few years, I finally found this one. The Duke logo pops nicely against the gray crown, even if the gold eyelets blend in a bit.

 

 

Appleton Foxes and Seattle Mariners

This cap has 1993 written all over it. That was the first year that the Foxes were with the Mariners, and also the first year that Seattle used the compass-S that we see on the back. The Foxes had red and blue as colors during their years with the White Sox and Royals, and by 1994, Appleton had gone teal in homage to their parent club.

 

 

Augusta GreenJackets and Pittsburgh Pirates

This is a solid forest green cap with purple eyelets. The GreenJackets were affiliated with the Pirates from 1994-1998, and I’d venture that this was produced in 1994 or 1995 when the team had that new brand gleam–much like I’ve observed in my logo poster from this era. That Pirates logo is my favorite they’ve ever had, so it’s great to see it used here.

 

 

Billings Mustangs and Cincinnati Reds (Version 1)

The Mustangs were on my 1993 cap poster, so I’m not all that surprised to see them here despite their relative anonymity. At the time, their caps were solid white with red bill, so this is modest break from the usual, with a navy bill and button and red eyelets. I like that the full “Creds” logo is featured on the back. It pops very nicely against the white. There was another Pro-Line Billings cap that was essentially the same design except that the B had a thin blue outline. It’s too close to this version for me to consider it a “Version 2.”

 

 

Billings Mustangs and Cincinnati Reds (Version 2)

I had the first version of the Mustangs cap in this gallery for a long time before I stumbled upon another one on ebay. At first I thought it was the same, but then I noticed a thin navy blue outline on the red B. This is a very subtle difference but a difference nonetheless. Everything else looks the same.

 

 

Binghamton Mets and New York Mets

This is about as tame and boring as these caps get. Even the button is blue! The B-Mets had only a the B on their caps for their first few years, and the bee wasn’t introduced until 1995. That’s my guess for when this one was made. The caps that the team wore on the field were more interesting than this entry, and that is quite unusual for Pro-Line caps.

 

 

Birmingham Barons and Chicago White Sox

For the Barons cap, the choice was made to use the full word-script logo, rather than just the cap logo. This design decision would be a recurring theme with Pro-Line caps. The Sox logo on the back fits with the Barons’ color scheme quite nicely.

 

 

Buffalo Bisons and Pittsburgh Pirates

The Bisons were the Triple-A affiliate of the Pirates up through the 1994 season. This cap is unique in its use of tan as a base color for the crown. Most neutrals employed by Pro Line were grays, but I suppose the tan is a reference to furry bisons.

 

 

Capital City Bombers and New York Mets

Here we have the Bombers’ red “stencil” logo on white with the Mets’ logo on the back. It’s a bit jarring to see the Bomber logo on anything other than black, but like I said, these caps often have unique color choices. These two teams were affiliated for the majority of the lifespan of the Bombers, so the year isn’t clear. With that said, the Bombers were most marketable around the time of their inception, and they are on my 1993 logo poster.

 

 

Carolina Mudcats and Pittsburgh Pirates

The Mudcats are arguably the most iconic MiLB brand from this era, so it’s no surprise to see them here in Pro-Line form. Considering that the Mudcats’ branding is a hallmark of consistency and that they were with the Pirates for nearly the whole nineties decade, it’s hard to pinpoint a year for this one.

 

 

Cedar Rapids Kernels and California Angels

Here’s a less flashy gray-and-black combo with a full primary logo that looks like the sort of thing you’d see painted on a grain elevator. I like how the splash of red in the Kernel logo matches the Angels’ mid-nineties emblem on the back.

 

 

Charleston (WV) Alley Cats and Cincinnati Reds

The Alley Cats’ first season was 1995, so unless this cap was produced early, it provides compelling evidence that Pro-Line was making these caps after 1994. In my observation, the Alley Cats’ cap is usually presented with black crown and red bill, rather than the reverse seen here, though the team wore both styles interchangeably during these years. Creds again.

 

 

Charleston (SC) Rainbows and Texas Rangers

This is a cap from the MLG personal collection. I love the choice of white crown with green bill, blue eyelets, and red button on top. Rainbows, indeed. This cap is from 1993, the last year of the Rainbows identity, and the first year of the Rangers’ affiliation with Charleston.

 

 

Charleston (SC) RiverDogs and Texas Rangers

This cap was made a year or two after the Rainbows one above, as 1994 was Charleston’s first season with their new identity. Usually the early-era RiverDogs’ cap had a teal crown with purple bill. The photo lighting could be misleading, but it appears to be navy blue (or purple?) with teal bill, eyelets, and button. In contrast to the Rangers logo on the Rainbows cap, there is a simple T for Texas on the back.

 

 

Charlotte Knights and Cleveland Indians (Version 1)

Charlotte and Cleveland were affiliated for two seasons–1993 and 1994. During this era, solid navy blue caps were the norm for the Knights. This cap stays within their color scheme, but branches out with a green bill and eyelets. The logo features the iconic “unicorn archer” logo on the front, as well as an unlettered version of Cleveland’s soon-to-be-defunct Chief Wahoo logo on the back. I’d guess that this cap is from 1993, which was Charlotte’s first year at the Triple-A level.

 

 

Charlotte Knights and Cleveland Indians (Version 2)

Here we have another Knights’ cap with the unicorn archer and Chief Wahoo, though this one is gray, teal, and purple. Although I do not have a definitive way of knowing which specific years these two Charlotte caps were made, or if they were made the same year, I suspect that this version was made in 1994, or between the ’93 and ’94 season. My evidence is the classic teal-and-purple combo. For the 1994 season, the Knights switched from navy and green to teal and purple, except that for that season, the team also switched from the unicorn archer to the short-lived “castle K” cap logo. It’s likely no coincidence that these colors matched the uber-popular (at the time) scheme of the Knights’ city-mates, the NBA’s Hornets. This makes me suspect that this cap was made after the ’93 season, when the team knew they were going teal and purple, but hadn’t completed the castle K logo yet. Of course, that’s pure speculation.

 

 

Chattanooga Lookouts and Cincinnati Reds

Everywhere you looked in this era, the Lookouts’ iconic eyes were looking back. As they were with the Reds for many years, this cap could have been made any time in the nineties. You have to give me Cred-it for finding these caps. Yuk yuk.

 

 

Clinton LumberKings and San Francisco Giants

I saw this on Etsy and there was no picture of the back of the cap. The orange eyelets were driving me nuts, so I contacted the seller and they emailed photos of the backside. Eureka! That explains the orange! Though the Clinton Giants were a team for many years, the LumberKings identity only lasted for one season with San Francisco–1994. Another smoking gun as far as determining the year is concerned.

 

 

Columbus (OH) Clippers and New York Yankees

This is the more ovaline, multicolored Clippers logo that existed through 1995. It’s the only time I’ve seen a red bill and button on a Clippers cap from this era. The solid blue was the standard look, though since red was in the logo, it doesn’t look odd here at all.

 

 

Columbus (GA) RedStixx and Cleveland Indians

This is a prime of example of how a handful of these caps feature the team’s full nickname script rather than their cap logo. In the case of the RedStixx, their cap logo in those days was only the double-x–surrounded by a big C. The eBay seller here did not take the best photos, but as you can see, Chief Wahoo is seen once again.

 

 

Durham Bulls and Atlanta Braves

In the Bulls’ Carolina League era, their cap was usually either solid blue or solid orange, so it’s atypical (if normal-looking) to see the crown/bill contrast. Note that the Braves wordmark is used instead of the A cap logo.

 

 

Erie SeaWolves and Pittsburgh Pirates

The New York-Penn League version of the SeaWolves was launched in 1995, so this would be one of the later-made of the caps in this gallery. The only thing that differentiates the color scheme from Erie’s on-field cap is the red eyelets; as the regular caps had matching light blue eyelets. Love the detail in both logos. That Pirates logo was on its last (peg?) legs by the time the SeaWolves came along.

 

 

Fort Myers Miracle and Minnesota Twins

I associate this particular Miracle logo with the Miami Miracle, but the team did continue to use it after their move to the Gulf Coast. We also know this is Fort Myers because the Miami Miracle didn’t have any affiliation with a major league team. On this hat, it’s interesting how the Twins wordmark is a subdued shade of gray. I wonder why more teams in this series didn’t use that practice–particularly with the logos that really clash with the minor league team colors.

 

 

Fort Wayne Wizards and Minnesota Twins

This one is an anomaly in that the Wizards’ full/primary logo is used instead of their cap logo, which was the letters FW with a wizard cap on top. The FW cap was solid black as well, so this hat is quite outside-the-box when compared to the others. The Wizards identity began in 1993, though this could be from a year or two later.

 

 

Greensboro Bats and New York Yankees (Version 1)

This is the “Batman” Greensboro logo that they wore for one season (1994) in their first post-Hornets era. The teal bill, purple crown, and other elements are a break from the typical solid black caps that the bats wore that year.

 

 

Greensboro Bats and New York Yankees (Version 2)

From the MLG collection. I’m guessing that this cap was made in 1995 in the first year of the non-Batman Bats. Other than the logo, the only change is the purple eyelets.

 

 

Greensboro Hornets and New York Yankees

This is likely from 1993, the last year of the Hornets. Fairly conservative design, but the red eyelets and button are nice touches.

 

 

Helena Brewers and Milwaukee Brewers

This is the only time I’ve ever seen a yellow Helena Brewers cap. As is the case on my 1993 cap poster, their presence in the collection is curious. I wonder if the team signed some sort of special promotional contract around that time, because what could be more inconspicuous (and less inherently marketable) than a Rookie-level COTOB identity from a small city in Montana. Regardless, beautiful cap, and the ball-in-glove logo is always a plus–even when it is tweaked in MS Paint and colored green.

 

 

Hickory Crawdads and Chicago White Sox (Version 1)

The Crawdads were with the White Sox starting in 1993, and they were one of those teams (along with the Lookouts, Mudcats, etc.) that you saw advertised all over at the time. Conservative design overall, but the red button on top is a nice touch.

 

 

Hickory Crawdads and Chicago White Sox (Version 2)

The eBay seller was bundling this cap with those pins, so try to ignore those. I have no way of knowing, but I’d guess that this Crawdads cap came out a year or two after the other one. The refined stitching on the H and the silver crustacean just look newer to me. You can’t see it in these photos, but the button on top is a simple white.

 

 

High Desert Mavericks and Florida Marlins

Here’s another easy one. The Mavs were with the Marlins for one year only–1993. This was Florida’s first season, so I wonder if Marlins Mania (which was a thing–I promise) helped High Desert get more brand exposure. It sure didn’t last long, though, as the Marlins swam away to the FSL (Brevard County) in 1994.

 

 

Iowa Cubs and Chicago Cubs

It looks like there was a mistake with the vertical centering of that logo on the front–the stitches run right through the bottom edge. It’s interesting that they chose the alternate Chicago logo, but I suppose they had to choose something different than the straight COTOB logo that the I-Cubs used at that time.

 

 

Jacksonville Suns and Seattle Mariners

I finally found some Mariners representation! Jackonville and Seattle were partnered for four seasons in the early nineties, and my guess is that this cap was made between the ’93 and ’94 seasons, at a time when the M’s teal/compass look was branding gold. Incidentally, 1994 was the year that A-Rod suited up for the Suns.

 

 

Jamestown Jammers and Detroit Tigers

Here’s another cap with more than just the cap logo–in this case, it’s the entire primary logo of the Jammers during their early “Taz’s cousin” days. This cap has the interesting twist of featuring solid red crown and bill rather than the typical on-field red with black bill. The Tigers’ old-English D certainly looks jarring against the bright red.

 

 

Kane County Cougars and Florida Marlins

The Marlins were merchandising gold around the time of their inception, and this exposure extended to the Midwest League. Speaking of gold, it’s an interesting color choice for the eyelets. The cap as a whole is handsome, with the lovable old Cougars logo and a brilliant emerald bill.

 

 

Knoxville Smokies and Toronto Blue Jays

This hat is awesome. I had suspected for a long time that there was a Smokies/Blue Jays cap in existence, and finally one popped up in the early-2020 ebay haul. The colors look great together, even if the red features in a Jays’ logo are a little out of place.

 

 

Lake Elsinore Storm and California Angels

Now here is a beautiful cap. The Lake Elsinore Storm didn’t exist for very long before switching to the black and red staring-eye look that we know today. The hue of blue on this cap is very nice, and I love how they used the whole creative wordmark for the front logo. The icing on the cake is the short-lived CA logo that the Angels briefly used in the mid-nineties.

 

 

Las Vegas Stars and San Diego Padres

This one is pretty unremarkable. The Stars were with the Padres for their entire existence, and in the early nineties they had a very conservative look. They didn’t spice it up for Pro-Line, but the orange button is a nice touch.

 

 

Louisville Redbirds and St. Louis Cardinals

I found this one on Etsy. I was surprised to see that the Redbirds actually did wear a white cap around 1994, and the only real difference/embellishment here is the navy (rather than red) eyelets.

 

 

Madison Hatters and St. Louis Cardinals

Here we have a detailed rendering of this bizarre, one-year wonder team. The Cardinals logo on the back fits the color scheme to a T.

 

 

Madison Muskies and Oakland Athletics

As I said, this one from my personal collection was my first exposure to the Pro-Line phenomenon. The Muskies’ last season was 1993, and Chris Creamer’s site has that Oakland elephant listed as being used from 1993-1994, so that gives us our year. Great embroidery on both logos.

 

 

Memphis Chicks and Kansas City Royals

The Chicks had a very before-their-time look in this era, as it would be the latter part of the decade before black became very common as a base color for sports teams. This cap is pretty similar to the caps that Memphis was regularly wearing around ’93, and the blue eyelets and button are subtle.

 

 

Midland Angels and California Angels

COTOBs have the advantage of sharing colors with their parent club, and it makes for a simple-yet-attractive design. It’s a nice look at Midland’s creative haloed Texas logo.

 

 

Nashville Sounds and Chicago White Sox

The Pro-Line caps that use gray as the crown color have a very attractive quality to them. It’s always fun to see the original Slugger logo, and the blue bill and red eyelets look great. The black Sox logo on the back doesn’t quite match, but it’s certainly a nice cap overall.

 

 

New Haven Ravens and Colorado Rockies

This one is top flight. The only other place I’ve seen that New Haven logo is when it was used as the jersey script on some road uniforms in the nineties. The Ravens were a new identity in 1994, so that’s my first guess for the year of production. Simple cap logo for the Rockies emblem on the back.

 

 

New Orleans Zephyrs and Milwaukee Brewers

Here is yet another cap that uses the full primary logo for the minor league team. This is an attractive one overall, with gray crown, green brim, and navy eyelets and button. The always-welcome classic Milwaukee logo handsomely adorns the back.

 

 

Norwich Navigators and New York Yankees

Green was only an accent color for the ‘Gators, so it’s a little jarring to see the familiar logo paired with an emerald bill. Looks great–too bad the eBay seller took sloppy photos. To my eye, the crown is a Yankees-esque midnight blue, despite purple being the color most synonomous with Norwich. The green buttons and gold eyelets are nice.

 

 

Oklahoma City 89ers and Texas Rangers

This one is pretty simple and straightforward. The 89ers and Rangers had matching colors at the time, and it makes for nice (if relatively boring) design.

 

 

Omaha Royals and Kansas City Royals

This is about as bland as it gets. The logo is just the parent club’s wordmark, with the city name tucked above it. The eyelets pop out and the gray bill is an odd choice, but the button blends right in with the royal blue crown and keeps it lame by Pro-Line standards.

 

 

Orlando SunRays and Chicago Cubs

Here we have a glitch. The last year of the Orlando SunRays identity was 1992, and that year, they were still with the Twins. For the 1993 season, they began an affiliation with the Cubs, however, they changed their name to the Orlando Cubs for that season. So that means that this cap was produced following the PDC switch (likely fall 1992) and the development/unveiling of the new Orlando brand (likely winter ’92-’93). That calculation means that this is one of the earliest-made Pro-Line minor league caps in this group.

 

 

Pawtucket Red Sox and Boston Red Sox

Some logos are timeless–this could be from basically any era in PawSox history. The red bill is atypical for the time (solid navy cap on field) but even the eyelets and button keep the conservative crown color.

 

 

Phoenix Firebirds and San Francisco Giants

This photographer did such a good job that I don’t even need to buy this beauty. With the Firebirds wordmark included, this is the full Phoenix logo rather than a copy of the cap logo. Ditto that for the Giants logo, which is distinct from the Clinton SF featured further up on this page, so I’m guessing it’s from a different year. The heather gray is a unique choice for this cap.

 

 

Portland (OR) Beavers and Minnesota Twins

Another one from the 1993 poster. The most common version of this cap worn by the on-field Beavers was the black (navy?) crown with red bill treatment, so this is basically just a color inversion. I wish the eBay photographer had done a more careful job.

 

 

Portland (ME) Sea Dogs and Florida Marlins

This cap is as straightforward as can be. The teal-era Sea Dogs were cutting edge enough, in that the bill/eyelets/button are all on-field accurate. Marlins logo on back is the same as the High Desert/Kane County version shown earlier.

 

 

Prince William Cannons and New York Yankees

Another cap in the gray series, this one showing the short-lived baseball bat cannon logo in excellent detail. Midnight blue bill and button match the Yankees logo on the back, white the red eyelets add a little flair.

 

 

Quad City River Bandits and Houston Astros

This is similar to the Jamestown entry in that the crown and bill are the same color, and the full primary logo/script is featured. With matching eyelets, this is one of the most plain of all the Pro-Line caps. The Astros’ orange star logo certainly does pop against the black. It’s funny how some things come full circle. After lengthy breaks on both counts, the Astros are back to using that logo and the Bandits are back to affiliating with Houston.

 

 

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and San Diego Padres

Oh man, that teal looks good enough to take a bite of, and it sure contrasts nicely with the gray. Interesting choice for the Quakes to go with the full nickname script on the cap. Love the two-tone Padres logo on the back. This one is a beauty.

 

 

Rochester Red Wings and Baltimore Orioles

Here we have the primary logo of the Red Wings, which was used both when the team had a simple R on their caps, and after they converted to the R-with-wings in 1995.

 

 

Salem Buccaneers and Pittsburgh Pirates

The Salem Bucs had an awesome logo and played the DimDer game to a T. The details in this cap are so clear that we can see that the baseball buc had a gold tooth. Fantastic. The Pirates logo looks right at home among the gold and black.

 

 

Salt Lake Buzz and Minnesota Twins (version 1)

There are two designs that Pro-Line whipped up for the Salt Lake Buzz. I have no idea which came first, as both green and teal popped up in Buzz branding throughout their mid to late-nineties run. This first cap has a bright green bill and button with gold eyelets. The Twins wordmark on the back is white with red drop shadow.

 

 

Salt Lake Buzz and Minnesota Twins (version 2)

Here’s the teal version of the Buzz cap. It seems to be essentially identical to the green one, but with teal swapped in for green on the bill, button, and logo embroidery. The Twins logo on this version is red with white outline.

 

 

San Antonio Missions and Los Angeles Dodgers

The Missions switched to the black and gold look in 1994, so it’s a bit of a disappointment to see this fairly bland cap. Their previous royal and gold was a better look, and it would’ve matched the Dodgers’ logo much better.

 

 

Savannah Cardinals and St. Louis Cardinals

The Savannah Cardinals existed up through 1995, though I can’t help but notice that this is another oddball from the 1993 cap poster, so that’s my guess. Unless the lighting here is way off, this cap appears to be black with a red button. If so, that’s less flashy than what the S-Cards wore on the field–navy crown with red bill and button. Interesting choice.

 

 

South Bend Silver Hawks and Chicago White Sox

I’m a huge fan of the early, short-lived South Bend logo that was a riff on the old Studebaker Silver Hawk grill ornament. This cap is a simple and elegant nod to the early Silver Hawks, with hunter green accented by the black and silver of both the minor league and major league emblems.

 

 

Sultans of Springfield and Kansas City Royals

Anything about the Sultans is always interesting, and it’s cool to see the full cursive wordmark with the underlining scimitar. The Royals’ logo clashes quite a bit, but it really hammers home the connection of having both parent club and affiliate be types of historic rulers.

 

 

Toledo Mud Hens and Detroit Tigers

Here we have the iconic Toledo Mud Hens’ swinging duck alongside the eternally classy Tigers’ old-English D–which looks perfectly natural against the navy. During this time period, the Mud Hens wore solid navy caps, so the red bill/button/eyelets is a mild break from the norm.

 

 

Tucson Toros and Houston Astros

This is the only time I’ve ever seen a yellow Toros cap. This one features the full logo, rather than the horned T or the full-body bull. I love the Astros logo on the back.

 

 

Vermont Expos and Montréal Expos (version 1)

It’s so great to see that Montréal logo on the back of a Pro-Line cap, but at the same time it’s a little disappointing to see such a bland design for the V-Expos. For whatever reason, they chose to swap out the blue with black. If it had been more lively colors, I probably would’ve had to buy this one. Still, pretty awesome to get the Expos into the mix.

 

 

Vermont Expos and Montréal Expos (version 2)

Awesome! I found this one unexpectedly, and this Vermont version is more creative and Pro-Liney. I’m a big fan of the gray look, and it’s cool to see the full roundel primary logo on the front. A smaller version of the ’emb’ logo looks, well, cute.

 

 

Vero Beach Dodgers and Los Angeles Dodgers

Oh man, I love that Vero Beach logo, and it’s never looked more delicious than here with a gold bill and button matching the hue of the half-grapefruit. The green eyelets pick up the color of the leaves. The Dodger blue of the VB initials naturally matches the parent club script on the back, even if the red elements are a bit out of place.

 

 

West Michigan Whitecaps and Oakland Athletics

Ah, what a drink of fresh water this cap is. The return of the elephant head! The White Caps began in 1994, so that means that Pro-Line used that A’s logo for at least two separate years. This white cap of the White Caps (see what I did there?) features a very cool wordmark logo with the old cap logo above it. The teal bill and button are the stars of the show, but the gold is great too, and ties minor and major league logos together beautifully.

 

 

Wichita Wranglers and San Diego Padres

The Wranglers are the only team that I’ve yet found to be represented by Pro-Line with two separate parent clubs. This first one is from Wichita’s days with the Padres, when they had a more eighties-esque branding aesthetic. This white, red, and black cap design reflects that.

 

 

Wichita Wranglers and Kansas City Royals

In 1995, the Wranglers bent the knee to the Royals, and they drastically redesigned their brand at the same time. This cap contains stitching colored royal blue, gold, teal, purple, white, peach, and that fluorescent pinkish-red that the Wranglers used in those days. Did I miss any?

 

 

Winston-Salem Spirits and Cincinnati Reds

-I associate the Spirits with being a Cubs affiliate, but they were apparently with the Reds for a few seasons in the nineties prior to becoming the Warthogs. This is a pretty cool cap, with an oversized version of the eagle head logo. The Cincy color scheme blends in seamlessly, even if the Spirits still had a Cubs-esque motif.

 

 

Winston-Salem Warthogs and Cincinnati Reds

Pro-Line used many of the same teams that were featured on my 1993 and (likely) 1995 logo posters, so it’s logical that the ‘Hogs were included. The red W logo blends in awkwardly with the red bill, but the Cincy logo looks right at home.

 

Closing thoughts

When I find more caps, I’ll add them to this ever-growing gallery page. What else is out there? Batavia Clippers with the Phillies? Knoxville Smokies and Blue Jays? Albuquerque Dukes? We’ll see. Check back periodically, or let me know if you come across a new addition.

 

 

 

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