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Ball Caps of the 20th Century - Old Leagues - SEATTLE RAINIERS 1951

After being the Clamdiggers, Purple Sox, Siwashes and Chinooks, the Seattle Indians team became Rainiers when Emil Sick of Rainier Beer bought them in 1938. He invested and they finished first in ‘39, ‘40 and ‘41. But the 1951 squad was Cinderella. That year they got ol’ Rajah Hornsby to manage and found Jungle Jim Rivera in the low minors fresh out of Prison. Hornsby said Rivera was the only player he said he would pay to see play. Seattle began a run to the championship when Rivera stole home head first on July 23. He was the sort of player, long gone, who fouled the air with Cuban cigars and chased women to all hours, but that year he won Most Valuable Player, hit .352 with 231 hits, 40 doubles, 20 home runs, 120 RBIs and 33 stolen bases. Our cap remembers him. All Navy Wool Cap, 3” Firm Visor, Red & White Embroidered Logo.

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