Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

I'm the Cat in the Rival Team's Hat

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

I'm the Cat in the Rival Team's Hat

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For years I have worn a Boston Braves baseball cap, even though the team left the city decades ago. I have no strong tie to Boston (being a New Yorker); I'm not even a baseball fan. Rather than reflecting a team preference, I do so because I like having a "B" on my cap, Bill being my first name.

My hats are the only part of my wardrobe to generate any interest among others. Following sartorial convention, from Labor Day to Memorial Day I wear felt, in my case a Borsalino. Over the summer, I wear straw.

My boater, while I still had it, was looked upon by the carriage horses at Grand Army Plaza as an enticing delicacy.

My present summer hat is a Panama. "That's a great Panamanian," a passerby said to me. Another said, "I like your Havana!"

New Yorkers know more about baseball than straw hats. A number recognize my cap and share with me their knowledge of the Braves, including the team's moves to Milwaukee and then Atlanta.

Needing a new cap, I went to a baseball souvenir store a few weeks ago. …

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