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For Dad: Thank You for Baseball

The following is a post shared by our friend, Ellen: a former MLB executive, fan of Affordable Jerseys, and a woman with impeccable taste in Fathers' Day gifts.

There is no other sport that carries nostalgia for me like baseball. My fondest childhood memories are of hanging with my dad in the evenings and watching his beloved Pittsburgh Pirates. Aside from all the second-hand smoke, it was damn near perfect. He taught me about the game, the history, and just how special baseball was and is to his life.

Baby Ellen and Dad

Where I grew up in Kentucky was technically Cardinals country, but we watched all the games, and much to my mother's chagrin, we’d even stay up late to watch some of the West Coast games together. I didn’t pick up his love for Camel Lights, but baseball fever stuck with me. When I was three years old, I wanted to dress up as the then Cardinals catcher Tony Pena for Halloween. I collected baseball cards and knew the entire roster of all the mid-90’s Yankees' playoff teams. (Yeah, I became a Yankees fan for a few years. I’m not proud of it either.)

In college, I worked for my college baseball team and interned for minor league teams all over the country over the summers. Upon graduating I worked in the front offices of the San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, and the St. Louis Cardinals. During my time with the Cards, they sent me to Major League Baseball Scout School, and I was one of the first females to ever attend.

Ellen working for the San Francisco Giants

All of my success working in baseball all started with a love for the game instilled in me by my Dad.

Every year around this time I struggle with what to get the man -- something he doesn’t already have; something that will genuinely bring a smile to his face. I stumbled upon the Legends Dad Hat series and it brought me back to his chair in the sunroom, and all our late-night baseball sessions in the late 80’s and early 90’s.

Roberto Clemente was--and always will be--my dad's favorite baseball player. I’ve never bought anything so fast in my life than when I came across the Pirates' #21 hat. I love the simple design of the cap and the rather bold statement it makes, just like Roberto Clemente himself. Whether it’s Mickey Mantle's #7, or Jackie Robinson's #42, the hat is a head-turner for its simplicity and unassuming style.

Just like my own, so many of our fathers gave us a great love for the sport of baseball and so many of them treasure the legends of their childhoods, as we treasure those memories with our dads. This Father's Day, here’s to the man who made us who we are.

Thanks for all you’ve given me, especially the love of the game.

Ellen and Dad

Hope you like your hat.