An ill-fated idea rife with flawed logistics, the Winnipeg Whips’ short-lived affiliation with the Montreal Expos proved to be a predecessor to the parent club’s demise more than 40 years later. Given the Whips’ brief run (1970-1971), souvenirs and game-worn artifacts are decidedly rare. This cap is one such relic! The wool accessory matches the style of its parent club’s caps, featuring white, red and blue panels, a blue bill and a blue button atop the six-point crown suspension. A baseball-themed “W” logo is embroidered to the front center. The interior plastic-lined sweatband is home to a vintage “New Era” label and the bill’s underside has a handwritten notation of “12.” Heavy wear is evident with perspiration-induced soiling about the sweatband.
As for the Winnipeg Whips’ woes, the club was located 1100 miles from the closest International League competitor. While this resulted in expensive traveling costs, the club sought to join the American Association. But when that bid failed, the Whips relocated to Hampton, Virginia. As if those distractions weren’t enough, the Whips fared miserably on the diamond (as did the Expos), going 52-88 in 1970 and 44-96 in 1971.
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