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Why a Baseball Hat?

Why a Baseball Hat?

Whether playing the game or simply supporting your favorite team, the baseball cap is a popular article of many people’s wardrobes. But did you ever wonder how it became so popular?

During the first years of major league baseball, it was actually the individual player’s responsibility to wear something that could keep the sun out of their eyes while playing the game. (Imagine the rainbow of colors they must have worn.)

In 1849, the New York Knickerbockers were the first to wear hats of straw. It wasn’t until 1954 that the “59 fifty-style” baseball cap became the official hat for all baseball teams.

The hats became so popular that baseball fans and non-baseball fans alike wear the hats for their practicality and comfort.

Today as we all know, baseball caps come in all types, teams, slogans, colors, and they aren’t just for baseball anymore.

What’s your favorite type of hat to wear? Do you have a team hat you have to wear while doing a certain chore or do you prefer a straw hat? Let us know.

4 comments

1 Debara Cochrane { 04.28.14 at 5:04 pm }

There are 5 or 6 dozen of these caps littering my home. My son left his collection here when he got married and my husband has a couple of dozen as well. They always have one on. I find them all over the place. Personally, I prefer a large brimmed sun-hat from the past with flowers and a ribbon tie. something more feminine. But I think my men would look silly in them.

2 greg { 04.28.14 at 4:56 pm }

Have to stick with the ‘ball cap’ and not those funky golf caps with the cord around the front. Have several, traded some, worn out a lot of them, left some behind, and lost a couple on fire trips. But only wear then on my WEAK end…you figure that one our

3 ken jones { 05.03.12 at 9:07 pm }

i like wearing all kinds of hats.

4 Bob Vermeers { 05.03.12 at 4:38 am }

I’ve often thought that the billed cap that is more commonly known as the baseball cap is almost as good for protecting the eyes as sun glasses. I almost “never leave home without it”.

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