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Success of Flight Baseball Leads to Record Merchandise Sales


KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WVLT) – At the Vol Shop on the UTK campus, Tommi Grubbs with the shop says they had a thousand orders online in a single night, which they would typically see on a successful night out for football season.

Without a doubt, the “papa” hat was the best-selling item in the Vol. If you don’t know the story behind the hat, it all started out as a celebration for the baseball team. Every time a player hit a home run he wore the hat in the dugout, but now the fans want to join in on the action.

Bacon and Company is where all of these hats are made, and Jed Dance with the company says they are making them in the thousands every day due to high demand. Jed says employees have been working overtime to keep stores stocked with merchandise and the past two weeks alone have surpassed any previous sales of Tennessee baseball merchandise. The company has been open since 1925.

Each match apparently presented another opportunity for another jersey to be printed and designed, which keeps Jed and his team on their toes. But for the lifelong fan of Theft who was born and raised in Knoxville, it’s exciting work as the Vols continue their quest to win a College World Series championship.

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