Baseball Cap - Tom Selleck
played private eye Thomas Magnum on the Hawaiian-based detective
drama MAGNUM, P.I/CBS/1980-88.
During the run of the series, Thomas
and his pal, "TC", the helicopter pilot often wore baseball caps.
Thomas was extremely fond of two in particular: a Detroit Tigers cap
(which he first wore on episode “China Doll” 12/18/80); and a cap
with the logo VM02 that he wore most often (first seen in episode
"Tropical Madness" 11/12/81). This cap was a souvenir from his days
with his VM02 naval intelligence unit in Da Nang during the Vietnam
War. T.C also had a VMO2 cap from his days in Nam. Magnum's
grandfather was a Detroit Tigers fan, and so Thomas became one, too.
On episode "Adelaide" 03/19/81) Thomas wore a red and white "Al's
Collision and Muffler Shop" cap for the first time and on later
On episode "Try to Remember" 01/28/82 Thomas has a car
accident and wakes up in intensive car with amnesia. Soon after, the
police find his Detroit Tigers cap near a murdered body.
"Squeeze Play" (11/17/83) Thomas wears a Detroit Tigers cap with an
orange "D" on the cap. Normally, Magnum wore a cap with a white "D"
(White means "home" game; orange means an "away" game).
153 "Tigers Fan" Lt Yoshi Tanaka (Kwan Hi Lim) is murdered. At the
end of the episode, Tanaka's son, Biff presents Thomas with his
father's Detroit Tigers cap as a keepsake. Tanaka, like Magnum was a
big Tigers fan. Magnum had given Lt. Tanaka a Tigers baseball cap
the first time they met on episode "Try to Remember."
Cap sold for ($1,617) at auction.
TRIVIA NOTE: Actor Tom Selleck
hails from Detroit so the Detroit Tigers hat was an homage to his
hometown team. Thomas Magnum was also seen wearing a baseball cap
from the University of Southern California, where Selleck played
junior varsity baseball in college.
In 2003, Planet Hollywood sold
part of its memorabilia collection from TV shows from the 1940s to
the 1990s. On sale was Tom Selleck's Hawaiian shirt ($1,346) and a
blue baseball cap with a handwritten "T.S." sewn into the lining
($1,617) from Magnum, P.I..
When Tom Selleck starred in the baseball
comedy Mr. Baseball (1992) he wore a blue baseball cap with the
letter "D" in his role as Jack Eliott, a fading baseball player who
gets traded to a Japanese league called the "Chiunichi Dragons."
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