The Altoona Curve (Class AA; Eastern League) have unveiled a pair of new on-field caps that will make their debuts in 2018, the Curve’s 20th anniversary season. Included in the lineup of new hats is a primary home cap and batting practice cap.
The team’s new primary home cap is black with a railroad red bill and features the popular “Keystone A” logo, which has been in use since the 2011 season. With the Curve located in the heart of the “Keystone State,” the logo has proven popular among fans as a representation of the franchise’s Pennsylvania heritage.
With a nod to the franchise’s early years, the new all-black “Classic Curve” batting practice/alternate cap includes an updated version of one of the Curve’s original logos: A baseball trailed by smoke passing through the letter “A” like a steam engine rolling through the region’s Allegheny Mountains. The logo has been updated to the club’s current colors, with the frame of the “A” in railroad red with a bronze outline.
“The ‘Classic Curve’ has always been my favorite logo,” Curve general manager Derek Martin said. “We wanted to modernize it with our updated color scheme to bring back a retro hat for our 20th season. I love this logo so much that if I see you in the community wearing it, I will buy you a Mountain Dew.”
“2018 is a big year for us with our 20th season of professional baseball in Altoona and we have a lot to deliver to our fans,” Martin said. “We are excited with another of many announcements for the upcoming season. These two hats are sure to be fan favorites!”
The primary home cap will continue to feature the popular “Reversible Rally Cap” feature with a specially-designed lining. When the cap is turned inside-out, it displays the Curve’s beloved rally mascot, Al Tuna.
Along with the two new caps, the road grey cap with the “Engineer” logo and the red & black alternate cap with the “Curve C” logo will remain in the team’s on-field cap rotation.