A Quick Look at the History of Baseball Caps & Today’s Headwear Trends

Baseball is finally back, and seeing how much it’s been missed, shows the huge impact it’s had on our culture throughout the years. None of which have been more obvious than the introduction of the cornerstone accessory we know now as, “the baseball cap.”

Not only is it used as a way for fans to showcase love for their favorite team, but it’s also become a big part of making an impactful fashion statement. But how did we get to the modern cap we know today? We thought it’d be fun to find out, so let’s take a quick look.

Why the Baseball Cap?

Epic Sports points out that a big part of why the baseball cap is so dominant in American culture, is because of how versatile it can be. Caps can be worn forward, backward, or tipped to side. They show off the logos of our favorite teams and brands. They can become a billboard for a message we wanted to spread. And, with the right color combinations, they complete our fashion statements from top to bottom. But even more importantly, they also help shield your eyes from the sun, which is arguably, why it was invented for baseball players in the first place.

The Cap’s History

The 1859 New York Knickerbockers

There was a baseball team back in 1849, out of New York City called, the Knickerbockers. During the games, they would wear straw caps on their heads to give them cover from the sun, which became the first version of the cap we now know and love. Merino wool caps, which are a closer version of today’s cap, came onto the scene shortly afterwards.

The legendary Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers in 1913

Players then started to experiment with various versions of that, eventually leading to a uniform cap that showed up on the Detroit Tigers, in the early 1900’s, sporting the team’s logo. According to Epic Sports, the stitched bill we’re used to seeing started around 1903, with the sporting goods company, Spaulding.

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3 Things You Didn’t Know About Champion Apparel

Originally known as the “Knickerbocker Knitting Company,” the inventors of the classic reverse-knit weave have come a long way since their birth in 1919. For decades, Champion has been outfitting top athletes, military, students and fans worldwide with the iconic “C” logo. Their commitment to long-lasting quality and focus on teams, rather than individual superstars has helped them experience a longevity and resurgence, not many apparel companies get to enjoy. In celebration of their, now 100 years in the business, here are 3 things you should know about how Champion has impacted all of us.

1. The Reverse Weave changed everything, but what exactly is it?

1938 Reverse Weave Patent

Since Champion was a major supplier of tees and sweatshirts to sports teams around the country, when coaches started to complain about shrinkage in their uniforms, the company came to the rescue and invented the reverse weave knit in 1934. Simply put, to help the garment maintain its shape and fight shrinkage, the grain of the sweatshirt fabric was made to run sideways instead of vertically (like most apparel) and side panels were added in for additional reinforcement. Since then, modifications were made to give the fabric a greater stretch, and an even better fit.

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