A native of Massillon, Ohio, Stalley has proudly and publicly supported Cleveland's professional sports teams throughout his career. This is no more evident than in his adoption of the "Crooked C" Indians hat. Worn by the team during the 1975 season, during which Cleveland welcomed Frank Robinson as Major League Baseball's first African American manager, the cap has become not just Stalley's trademark but a cult favorite (now stocked nationally) as well.
In conjunction with Next (a Cleveland-based boutique/retailer), Stalley is realizing a dream of releasing his own Blue Collar Gang branded Indians hat, both created by New Era and with official MLB licensing. A reverse of the style, with Blue Collar Gang branding upfront and an Indians mark on the side, completes the collaborative offering.
These snapback hats, limited to 144 each, are available in-store at Next and online at www.bluecollargang.com.