MiLB teams are finding more and more ways to incorporate the surrounding community into their uniforms and a way to attract more fans to the games (or to show their support for the team). The Columbus Clippers are no exception to that, with Ohio’s 213th birthday coming up they pay tribute to the celebration with the following caps:
These hats are pretty cool; the first features the Ohio Flag and the second features the outline of the state of Ohio. I have family in Columbus, so I might have to swing by a game this season wearing one of these caps at the games. As a kid I frequented Clippers games, I remember seeing Daryl Strawberry when he played for the Clippers. I thought it was the coolest thing seeing a big leaguer up close at a Clippers games.
The Clippers have a storied history dating back to 1977. From 1977 until 1984 the Clippers played in Franklin County Stadium (following the ’84 season it became Cooper Stadium) winning the Governors’ Cup, the Internation League Championship, seven times in 10 appearances. The final game played at Cooper Stadium occurred on September 1, 2008, in front of a sellout crowd of 16,777-the largest audience in stadium history.
When the Clippers began playing in 1977, they were affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1979, they became affiliated with the Yankees, an affiliation which would last until 206. In 2007, they became affiliated with the Washington Nationals and following the 2008 season they became affiliated with Cleveland Indians-their current affiliation. The Clippers have won 10 Governors’ Cup in thirteen appearances as well they have won the AAA baseball title twice.
Having had a twenty-six-year affiliation with the Yankees, the Clippers have plenty notable alumni including Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera.
Derek Jeter played for the Clippers in three seasons (1994, 1995, 1998) playing in 1598 games posting a line of .355/.411/.571 hitting 5 HRs, 61 RBIs and collecting 200 hits. Courtesy of the Clippers you can Jeter suited up in their uniform.
Rivera meanwhile played for the Clippers in ’94 and ’95 accumulating a record of 6-4 while posting an ERA of 3.95 with a 1.176 WHIP in 13 games (all of which were starts, not the relief that Rivera became famous for). In 61 IP he struck out 53 while giving up 32 runs and seven home runs. Here’s an image of Rivera when he played for the Clippers
Watching Jeter and Rivera play for the Clippers was probably a treat that people look back on a go man I saw them play in Columbus. If I had that’s what I’d be saying.
Happy 213th Birthday Ohio.