The Hats of Curve, PA

Photo Jan 15, 5 43 28 PM

By Trey Wilson
AltoonaCurve.com

Today is National Hat Day, and we’ve seen quite an assortment of caps over the years here with the Altoona Curve. We took a look at some of the caps worn around here a few years ago, but with two new caps on the way in 2018, it seemed like a good time to update the archives.

We unveiled two new on-field caps that we will see in the 2018 season back in December. They’ll be available in the Stockyard as the season gets a little closer.

Along with these two caps, the team will still be wearing their grey cap and the “Curve C” cap in 2018.

Let’s take a look at some of the other hats the team has worn over the first 19 years of Curve baseball.

The Early Years (1999-2010)

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Bronson Arroyo | Black cap with red bill (Photo from 1999)

The original. The black cap with a red bill and the original “A” logo, with a smoking baseball passing through the archway. This cap was used from 1999-2010 and made a return for “Throwback Thursdays” during the 2016 season.

Sean Burnett 2003
Sean Burnett | Red cap with black bill (Photo from 2003)

The original, but inverted. This hat started its rotation around 2003.

Jose Bautista 2005
Jose Bautista | Black cap with green bill (Photo from 2005)

Beginning around 2004, the Curve added an option with a green bill to match one of their primary colors at the time.

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Andrew McCutchen | All black cap (Photo from 2007 / Kevin Pataky)

The all-black original Curve cap. Used from 1999-2010.

A New Era (2010-2017)

Brock Holt | Primary cap | Photo from 2012 (Kevin Pataky / MiLB)
Brock Holt | Primary cap | Photo from 2012/Kevin Pataky/MiLB

Revealed in 2011, this all-red cap was the Curve’s primary on-field lid from 2011-2017.

Starling Marte | Alternate cap | Photo from 2011 (Danny Wild / MiLB)
Starling Marte | Alternate cap | Photo from 2011 / Danny Wild/MiLB)

Featuring the popular “Curve C” logo with a baseball steaming through some train tracks, this alternate cap is red with a black bill and is still in use on field today.

Tyler Glasnow | Alternate Black Cap (Photo from 2015)
Tyler Glasnow | Alternate Black Cap (Photo from 2015)

The all-black “Keystone A” cap was the team’s BP lid from 2011-2017 and was occasionally used in games.

Gift Ngoepe | Alternate grey cap (Photo from 2014 / Kevin Pataky)
Gift Ngoepe | Alternate grey cap (Photo from 2014 / Kevin Pataky)

The all-grey hat with the engineer logo debuted in 2011 and is still in use for 2018.

Specialty Caps

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Tim Leiper | Sunday Throwback Cap (Photo from 2008)

In 2008, the Curve wore these “fauxback” uniforms for Sunday home games as a throwback to the early days of baseball in Altoona.

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Ghostman Games cap from the 2014 E.L. All-Star Stop

These black caps were worn during the “Ghostman Games” for the 2014 All-Star Stop at PNG Field.

Jason Creasy | Steamer cap (August 2015)
Jason Creasy | Steamer cap (August 2015)

The all-black Steamer hat was worn in August of 2015 with a green jersey to celebrate the retirement of the Curve’s long-time mascot, Steamer.

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Mitch Keller | Black & Gold (August 2017) (Photo: Rob Lynn)

In 2017, the Curve wore these black and gold uniforms with a gold “Keystone A” logo, a nod to their long affiliation with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Stars & Stripes

Every year, New Era releases these red, white and blue “Stars & Stripes” caps for major and minor league teams around baseball for Independence Day.

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Gerrit Cole | Stars & Stripes 2012
2013 stars and stripes
2013 Stars & Stripes
Chad Kuhl | Stars & Stripes 2015
Chad Kuhl | Stars & Stripes 2015
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Cody Dickson | 2016 Stars & Stripes
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Edwin Espinal | 2017 Stars & Stripes (Photo: Rob Lynn)


You can grab your Curve hats here to gear up for Opening Day as the team returns to action at PNG Field on April 5 against Akron.

 


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