By Betsy Dolan
Baseball is known for being a game of traditions even at the Little League level. One of those traditions has taken place every spring for the past seven years in a quiet Richmond neighborhood where two sisters, Roxie Cherry and Becky Humes, churn out almost 1,000 personalized ball caps for Lamar Little League in about a week. That’s about 140 hats a day or 6 hats every hour.
“After seven years we have it down to a science”, said Cherry. “It takes us about a week to get them all done. And that’s working from 5 a.m. to about 9 p.m. every single day.”
When Cherry and Humes are finished, the back of the hats boast nicknames like “Maddog”, “Thrill” and “Stonecrusher. The hats have become a favorite among the players who often save their caps from year to year, remembering teammates, a clutch hit or a big play.
“This hat”, said 10-year old Travis Smith, holding up an hat with “T” on the back, “is from last year and I got to pitch a lot for that team. It was fun!”
Cherry, whose sons played Little League, got the idea to start her own business after being team mom one year and realizing that with her sewing background she could do the hat monograms herself. The sisters donate a dollar from every monogram back to Lamar Little League.
“It’s a lot of work that we put into that week”, said Becky. “But when you see all of those caps with all of those nicknames and think about the kids it is worth it.”