The Backstory: Honus Wagner and The Flying Dutchman Collection

We love Pittsburgh, but we’ve reached peak black and gold.

Don’t get us wrong, we love our sport teams as much as they next guy. And we’re proud to be from the City of Champions. Heck, we even get chills when we hear We Are Family. But black and gold doesn’t exactly fit with our personal uniform.

However, that doesn’t diminish our die hard fan status. Allow us to prove our devotion. You might be surprised to know that the city’s sports history isn’t exclusively black and gold. Once upon a time, it was white, navy, red and grey.

That’s right. The Pittsburgh Pirates, the city’s oldest team having been established in 1887, wore those original colors before making the switch to the city’s now-iconic black and gold.

The colors weren’t the only good thing to come out of the era, either. Here’s another: Honus Wagner. It’s a name forever engraved in the deep history of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and also the inspiration for Kinsman’s latest goods, the Flying Dutchman Collection.

The Story

Photo from: The Conlon Collection via Wikipedia

Pittsburgh native Honus Wagner was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1900, after a brief stint with the Louisville Colonels. Wagner’s incredible speed and German heritage earned him the nickname, “the Flying Dutchman.” A true renaissance man on the field, Wagner brought something truly special to the sport. So special in fact that, to this day, Honus Wagner is known as one of the sport’s best players of all time, and certainly one of Pittsburgh’s first baseball superstars.

“And it also turned out that while Honus was the best third baseman in the league, he was also the best first baseman, the best second baseman, the best shortstop, and the best outfielder. That was in fielding. And since he led the league in batting eight times between 1900 and 1911, you know that he was the best hitter, too. As well as the best base runner.” — Lawrence Ritter, The Glory of Their Times

The Ballcap

Pittsburgh is a city of rich heritage, and Honus Wagner’s career in Pittsburgh is one chapter in the city’s story. We can’t think of baseball without a nod to Wagner, and wanted a way to commemorate the city and sport that was based in Pittsburgh’s roots.

Enter the Kinsman x Ebbets Field Flannels “Flying Dutchman” Ballcap Collection.

Working with Ebbets Field Flannels was a natural fit, as the company exists to bring “ the quality, beauty and craftsmanship of mid-Century American athletic garments to a 21st Century public.” The collection features two colorways: a vintage grey with navy visor and undervisor, and a navy with navy visor and red undervisor. The colors harken back to the Wagner era, in the time before the Pirates wore black and gold.

You can grab a hat for yourself in the brick and mortar or online here.