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Charlotte Knights 59Fifty<br>New Era Fitted Cap
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Charlotte's professional baseball history dates to 1892 and the original Charlotte Hornets franchise. Numerous nicknamed teams in the lower tiers of Minor League Baseball called Charlotte home throughout the 1900s.

The current franchise began in 1976 as the Double-A Asheville Orioles relocated to Charlotte, bringing the Orioles' moniker with them to North Carolina. George Shinn, who brought the NBA and the basketball version of the Hornets to Charlotte in the late 1980s, purchased the Southern League team in 1987 and renamed them the Charlotte Knights after the name emerged as a fan-favorite during a name-the-team contest.

With MLB expansion trickling down throughout MiLB, the Triple-A International League looked to expand its footprint, and awarded a new franchise to Charlotte in 1993. The Triple-A Charlotte Knights were the first team from the Carolinas to play in MiLB's highest level. The new team kept the Knights' name and Double-A heritage, even though the actual Southern League franchise officially relocated from Charlotte to Nashville and became the Nashville Xpress.

Shinn wanted to connect his two professional teams in Charlotte, so the new Triple-A Knights adopted the same teal-and-purple color palette the NBA Hornets made famous in the market. The "Castle K" and purple flag cap was worn on-field from 1994 through the end of Shinn's ownership of the team in 1998.

Manufacturer: New Era

Charlotte Knights 59Fifty
New Era Fitted Cap

Price: $34.99