Ash, like most Pokemon trainers, wears a cap, he also has black hair.
Ash, lived in Pallet Town for a long time, before, finnally, he was old enough to get his first Pokemon.
On the selected day, he went to get one from Professor Oak, however, he was late. Due to this, the Pokemon he wanted, and the other two choices were taken. His rival, Gary (Professor Oak's grandson) was showing off his Pokemon, which made Ash jealous.