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Prompted by yesterday's purchase of a black Mets hat:

(which I bought because I feel naked at a ballpark without one)

what hats do you own, and why? What hats would you like to own?

I also own:

(too small)

Old school Cubs bear with bat hat (can't find image that will load)

A Williams College hat, purple with yellow "W" in gothic script (can't find image).

Hats I'd like to own:

one non-baseball hat:

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 17 June 2004 16:21 (fifteen years ago) link

Official Red Sox hat of course, One non-offical sox hat, Detroit Tigers hat (for when i was magnum PI for halloween a few years ago), old skool O's hat, Bruins hat, Tiger Woods Golf Lid, Yankee Hater hat, a few random college hats, a Fresh Jive hat, a split hat, a st louis cards hat.

Velveteen Bingo (Chris V), Thursday, 17 June 2004 16:31 (fifteen years ago) link

oooh I want a Tigers hat too.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 17 June 2004 16:37 (fifteen years ago) link

also a 50s era White Sox hat.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 17 June 2004 16:39 (fifteen years ago) link

i have:

1988 pittsburgh pirates hat (7.25)
2002 SF giants world series issue cap (7.5 to allow for HGH growth)

and finally, here is a pic of me in my 2002 seibu lions hat:

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 17 June 2004 16:55 (fifteen years ago) link

stence, you can have mine for free. im not sure what size it is. i've worn it once for about 15 minutes.

Velveteen Bingo (Chris V), Thursday, 17 June 2004 17:00 (fifteen years ago) link

The one I wear most regularly:!AME.jpg

I've also got the standard Cubs and Bosox hats, and an assortment of others that no longer fit my enormous head.

mattbot (mattbot), Thursday, 17 June 2004 17:05 (fifteen years ago) link

Chris I'm a 7 3/4.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 17 June 2004 17:15 (fifteen years ago) link

i have one well worn, quite faded bosox hat that i bought maybe a two weeks after moving to chicago. i used to own a sweet-assed cincy hat but that was lost to a drainage pond by the side of rte. 95 in portland, maine years ago.

otto midnight (otto midnight), Thursday, 17 June 2004 17:23 (fifteen years ago) link

My M.O. on caps is to find one that I like and wear it exclusively till it unpresentable. Then I start the cycle over. Currently I'm wearing a khaki brushed cotton number (I prefer these because the tradition wool fitted caps tend to sit funny on my head; khaki because it will go with whatever I'm wearing) with the words "Houston Astros" surrounding a black circle with a red outline with "1963" inside the circle.

I'm currently searching for a brick red Astros visor.

I think that bear-with-a-bat cap is cool. A guy on my softball team wears one.

boldbury (boldbury), Thursday, 17 June 2004 17:30 (fifteen years ago) link

One official blue Red Sox hat; one unofficial black Red Sox hat; one badly rain-stained unofficial-I-think beige Red Sox hat that's been through two hurricanes; one IU hat despite the baseball team being less than a footnote in the school's consideration of sports; one New Orleans Zephyrs hat.

What I really want is a New Orleans Pelicans hat, but I've never even seen one.

Tep (ktepi), Thursday, 17 June 2004 17:33 (fifteen years ago) link

Late-70's Pirate hat (no Willie Stars, though)
Fitted red Cardinals cap that no longer fits
Modern Pirate hat with yellow bill
St Paul Saints hat from when I lived in Mpls

I wear the new Pirate hat because it fits best. I think I want an Expos hat--never got one when I lived there.

mookieproof (mookieproof), Thursday, 17 June 2004 17:51 (fifteen years ago) link

Tep - just consider it an IU soccer hat, maybe.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 17 June 2004 17:53 (fifteen years ago) link

main hat right now is a fitted cotton tri-color o's hat (70's-80's style); i have an unofficial cotton bosox cap that is just red w/ the blue b and fitted cotton wilmington blue rocks cap.

when i get a little more dosh, i'm getting a 60's o's hat, 60's senators hat and a tri-color expos hat. all cotton. wool doesn't mesh (ha ha) w/ my eyetalian constitution.

j.q. higgins, Thursday, 17 June 2004 17:59 (fifteen years ago) link

A soccer hat! Okay, I can live with that. I'm still weirded out that they sell more womens' volleyball memorabilia than mens' baseball here.

Tep (ktepi), Thursday, 17 June 2004 18:08 (fifteen years ago) link

it's not that weird...

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 17 June 2004 18:10 (fifteen years ago) link

how do you get these 50s/60s caps, and do they look really dorky? i don't wear caps, but the stencil is right, they should be worn to ballgames. i want one of those 70s pirates caps. (MOOKIE!!)

John (jdahlem), Thursday, 17 June 2004 18:13 (fifteen years ago) link

I had a hat like this when I was a kid:

boldbury (boldbury), Thursday, 17 June 2004 18:31 (fifteen years ago) link

you can find the old time caps at the store section on

look for the cooperstown collection. they have the sized fitted wool caps, and fitted cotton caps that are s,m,l,xl.

j.q. higgins, Thursday, 17 June 2004 18:34 (fifteen years ago) link

gygax! brought up Japanese hats. Which ones are the best? Which one did Brian McMahon's younger brother always wear when the For Carnation played?

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 17 June 2004 18:37 (fifteen years ago) link

the yomiuri giants cap is classic in the old new york giants sensibility.

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 17 June 2004 18:57 (fifteen years ago) link

The Hiroshima Carp is classic in an exact replica of the Cincinnati Red sensibility.

boldbury (boldbury), Thursday, 17 June 2004 19:01 (fifteen years ago) link

My Seibu hat is really really nice. It was a gift from Kiz's little brother when I met him. I got him a Mets cap.

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 17 June 2004 19:04 (fifteen years ago) link

Mike McMahon had a 70s Kintetsu Buffaloes hat.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 17 June 2004 19:05 (fifteen years ago) link

milo is a conehead!

We are from France.

boldbury (boldbury), Thursday, 17 June 2004 19:16 (fifteen years ago) link

(I've occasionally wondered if you could shape a baby's head while the skull was still soft. Make a conehead or a kid with little horns, fun for the family)

('occasionally' = 'when stoned')

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Thursday, 17 June 2004 19:31 (fifteen years ago) link

I have a couple Tigers caps, three White Sox caps (one fitted cap I purchased a few years ago, and two promotional giveaway jobs) and, for some reason, I have an old Seattle Mariners cap. With the big gold S on the blue background. I bought it back in the late 80s or early 90s. I think I just liked that old logo. At the time that S looked so anachronistic. and I really liked Junior when he came up.

Non-baseball baseball caps include Detroit Pistons (yeah baby), Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Lions, University of Michigan (classic gold M on maize blue), Syracuse University, and um, Eric B & Rakim.

Broheems (diamond), Thursday, 17 June 2004 22:41 (fifteen years ago) link


black independent trucks
norcal knit cap (with the california state flag knitted around)

hstencil has a trucker hat.

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 17 June 2004 22:45 (fifteen years ago) link

I've thankfully never owned a trucker cap. Unless the old mesh-backed "I LOVERMONT" cap I bought at a general store in Vermont when I was like 13 on a fishing trip, unless that counts. I don't know what happened to that hat, but I miss it.

I couldn't find an image of the Mariners thing so I uploaded mine-

Eric B & Rakim-

Broheems (diamond), Thursday, 17 June 2004 23:05 (fifteen years ago) link

hat in question (not Von Dutch):

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 17 June 2004 23:21 (fifteen years ago) link

ah yeah, I just searched on permutations of mariners/cap/logo ... didn't think to search player photos.

Aw, he looks so cute and gregarious there! How could one not be a fan?

Broheems (diamond), Friday, 18 June 2004 00:04 (fifteen years ago) link

Holy shit., has got some nice stuff. albeit a bit pricey. Check the shirt.

Velveteen Bingo (Chris V), Friday, 18 June 2004 11:06 (fifteen years ago) link

Dude, that St. Louis Browns gear is sweet. I'd never seen that little devil logo before. I might have to get that cap.

boldbury (boldbury), Friday, 18 June 2004 12:46 (fifteen years ago) link

Who's the afro'd Cub s'posed to be, Ivan DeJesus?

Only current fitted cap: black Mets cap with blue bill (I think hstencil got the black-bill model). Lost my vintage Brooklyn '30s and all-blue Mets.

Adjustable: battered Mets oldie, current Cubs, SABR logo tan-and-red, what I think is a Team Cuba (with flag logo, great fun at VFW halls), brown Brooklyn Dodgers football ('40s vintage).

Likely next purchases: Brooklyn Cyclones and Expos tricoleur.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Friday, 18 June 2004 13:21 (fifteen years ago) link

The Expos cap is a popular one, huh? I was thinking before the season started I wanted to pick one up before it became vintage.

In the interests of full disclosure: I have a trucker hat but it's a non-ironic one (I think), since it's an Iowa Hawkeyes 1984 Rose Bowl hat that I've had since 1984. I haven't worn it in a long time. I also own a black fitted Iowa baseball cap (baseball being about as big of a sport here as in Indiana). I am planning to pick up a Tigers hat the first chance I get later this summer, most likely this guy:

mattbot (mattbot), Friday, 18 June 2004 13:51 (fifteen years ago) link

Do the tigers still have the road caps with the orange "D"?

boldbury (boldbury), Friday, 18 June 2004 13:53 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah, I think it's on a black cap instead of the home navy blue. I like that one a lot, too. And the orange would match my eyes...

mattbot (mattbot), Friday, 18 June 2004 13:58 (fifteen years ago) link

my trucker hat wasn't ironic when I wore it to the Indy, er, Indianapolis 500.

Dr. Morbius looks good in 80s Met blue.

hstencil (hstencil), Friday, 18 June 2004 14:12 (fifteen years ago) link

Oscar Gamble i believe is on all the shirts.

Velveteen Bingo (Chris V), Friday, 18 June 2004 15:10 (fifteen years ago) link

Oscar was no Mike Morgan, transactionwise! That could easily pass for Bake McBride and assorted A's of the era.

I also lost a Birmingham Black Barons adjustable that the Mets gave out one Negro Leagues Day (a prom owhich seems to have been retired). There's a Negro Leagues store on 5th Ave in Brooklyn I've never shopped at.

There's a really great Oakland Oaks shirt I saw in a SF window once but didn't buy -- were they solely an ABA franchise, or was there a minor-league baseball team with that moniker too? I've seen the ABA shirt with the same anthropomorphic acorn, but it's different from the one I bypassed.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Friday, 18 June 2004 15:48 (fifteen years ago) link

5th Avenue and what? I should check that out.

hstencil (hstencil), Friday, 18 June 2004 15:53 (fifteen years ago) link

btwn 3 & 4 St... it must still be there.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Friday, 18 June 2004 16:21 (fifteen years ago) link

There's a really great Oakland Oaks shirt I saw in a SF window once but didn't buy -- were they solely an ABA franchise, or was there a minor-league baseball team with that moniker too? I've seen the ABA shirt with the same anthropomorphic acorn, but it's different from the one I bypassed.

The Oakland Oaks were part of the Pacific Coast League professional baseball league. My XGF's (hstencil's least favorite XGF of mine) grandfather was a pitcher for them and she has a picture of him getting a swinging strike 3 on Joe Dimaggio (then of the SF Seals).

Dr. Morbs, I can easily procure the t-shirt because I know exactly what store you were looking at (hippy dippy t-shirt store 2 doors northwest from the corner of Haight/Ashbury).

gygax! (gygax!), Friday, 18 June 2004 17:11 (fifteen years ago) link has some nice minor-league/throwback gear.

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Friday, 18 June 2004 17:16 (fifteen years ago) link

gygax! I have not met your other XGFs so there's still a chance. Actually I like her a lot she was just kind of a burden as a guest.

hstencil (hstencil), Friday, 18 June 2004 17:19 (fifteen years ago) link

(yes, the AFL-CIO shop was coded by lazy bastards.. sigh)

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Wednesday, 22 June 2005 06:58 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...

flexfit S-M are perfect for me. Wearing a Tigers cap now.

jergïns, Monday, 21 May 2007 20:09 (twelve years ago) link

2007 cardinals cap - kip wells edition

bnw, Tuesday, 22 May 2007 01:00 (twelve years ago) link

i have a det tigers, la dodgers, an OLD yankees that's into replacement stages of distress, a BK dodgers, a Reading Phillies which I rarely wear bcuz it's not fitted and... that's it> was thinking of getting a brewers hat with the old mitt logo...

Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved, Tuesday, 22 May 2007 03:20 (twelve years ago) link

i did not wear a hat to the yankees/red sox game tonight.

i can't find my black mets hat, still. i wonder wtf happened to it? in the meantime, i have a grey pinstripey one. it's okay, but not great.

i am now wearing the goodyear hat from upthread.

hstencil, Tuesday, 22 May 2007 04:40 (twelve years ago) link

is what i wear.

Also, holy shit: Negro League Caps. These team names, jesus! I had no idea. Black Crackers? Clowns?

If I could only find pics of some of my old hats... I admit, for a while I had a Yanks fullback, but it's long-dead on the floor of my parent's basement, I think. I also had this amazing Charlotte Hornets tricolor "graffiti' type hat that looked NOTHING like graffiti so much as just poor writing. I had an early-90s Jays cap for a while, too. Nothing else springs to mind.

Will M., Tuesday, 22 May 2007 13:49 (twelve years ago) link

yeah, i'm still all about the cotton "franchise caps." primaries are 60s and 70s o's "fun bird" caps, but i also really like the clemente era pirates cap and the early 70s bravos cap.

j.q higgins, Tuesday, 22 May 2007 13:58 (twelve years ago) link
I used to always wear a black Jays new era w/ gold old-school logo, but it was stolen. so this is my default along with the black mets hat first posted

francisF, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 15:32 (twelve years ago) link

I have one official Tigers road hat, which I stole from my friend Tim.
One each of the Tigers and Red Sox franchise caps (I don't like these anymore)
One Chicago Cubs hat that I wore as a kid, which is twill with an adjustable strap (these are my favorite hats and noone makes them anymore, right?)

mizzell, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 18:31 (twelve years ago) link

Are the A's wearing this hat this year? I haven't seen them play. It's pretty badass

mizzell, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 18:37 (twelve years ago) link

Henry Aaron played for the Indianapolis Clowns. Back in the '40s, they would do Globetrotters-type shtick as well as play competitive games.

I wonder if that store on Haight has some new vintage caps / tees in? I thought twice about buying their stuff w/ this logo:

Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 20:41 (twelve years ago) link

This is my man:

G00blar, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 20:53 (twelve years ago) link

^^ Did that come with puka shells? :D

Belisarius, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 23:43 (twelve years ago) link

I kinda collect MLB caps. Which I suppose is slightly odd since I'm from Scotland...

I have these fitted caps:
Pirates (Black)
Pirates (Gold 70's style)
A's (Green)
Orioles (Black with orange O logo)
Mets (Black)
Nationals (Blue)

and these adjustable ones:
Cardinals (Red)
Red Sox (Blue)
Reds (Red)
Reds (White with red pinstripe)
Pirates (Black)
Mets (Black)

You can see a few of them in this pic here

treefell, Thursday, 24 May 2007 13:38 (twelve years ago) link

I should say that the fitted ones are left on display and the adjustable ones only get worn when I'm working in the garden.
I'm old enough to feel weird wearing a baseball cap when I'm walking around town.

treefell, Thursday, 24 May 2007 13:40 (twelve years ago) link

perhaps I will buy Homestead Grays cap on Haight next week.

Dr Morbius, Thursday, 24 May 2007 14:27 (twelve years ago) link

I'm wearing this one today

zaxxon25, Friday, 25 May 2007 11:42 (twelve years ago) link

Zaxxon, that is a nice cap.

treefell, I'm in my early 20s and I feel weird wearing a baseball cap. It always seems way too "dude" for me. I do it anyway, though, because I leave home AND leave work at just about the right times every day to get an eye-load of sun, and I have very thick glasses so sunglasses are out of the question. And it'd be even weirder to zinc up under my eyes.

When I was buying my Reds cap, the woman at the cash went to move the sticker and said "oh, wait, do you plan to wear the sticker?" (I don't know why she asked or felt moved to move it). I replied, "No." and she said something to the effect of "good, because that's lame." My response: "It's like, it's new, we get it." Then she laughed way too hard and I felt like a comic king for about an hour. That's customer service.

Will M., Tuesday, 29 May 2007 14:13 (twelve years ago) link

I like your story, Will.

I have:

* a Knoxville Smokies cap
* a classic Boston cap
* a red Nationals cap with the interlocking "DC" (NOT the "W" cap - urgh!!) - this is really a beautiful cap. there are gold highlights on the letters.

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 29 May 2007 16:05 (twelve years ago) link

LA Dodgers (but don't wear, not that there's anything wrong w/ that)
Cowgirl Creamery

where is a serious hatter that aims low profile style for small heads? i've tried at least one of the MLB Franchise lines (adjustable kind) and hat comes down to ears and/or eyes.

gabbneb, Thursday, 31 May 2007 22:44 (twelve years ago) link

lol @ small head

hstencil, Friday, 1 June 2007 08:05 (twelve years ago) link

Today I'm wearing this though it has a white back instead of a navy one ... guess they don't manufacture the style anymore.

The stores outside of Fenway have an immense selection of Sox caps.

zaxxon25, Friday, 1 June 2007 15:30 (twelve years ago) link

i have the same mfr but it's not a fitted hat, and the back is a little too big/angle between bill and head part insufficiently acute

gabbneb, Friday, 1 June 2007 16:30 (twelve years ago) link

i haz portland beavers cap
and this weird clown-striped brewers cap that has 1989 stitched on it but there's no way anyone ever wore that, I can't even find a picture online.

also, I have a beisbol cap for the mexican futbol team 'toluca' that steals the duke logo (they are the 'diablos rojos') and has flames on the bill, and a few kickin' blazers' caps. mostly though, I wear the brewers and the bevos caps

Dimension 5ive, Friday, 1 June 2007 17:21 (twelve years ago) link

Tracer, I'm glad you liked my story, I thought it would be boring as hell and not make sense. Is this the hat you have?

C'mon hotlinking, don't ban me now.

Will M., Friday, 1 June 2007 17:57 (twelve years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Behind the scenes with Spike Lee & New Era Cap

(Reyes, Santana, Verlander, Morneau, Eckstein content)

Andy K, Friday, 22 June 2007 13:07 (twelve years ago) link

six months pass...

got for Christmas:

Dr Morbius, Friday, 11 January 2008 23:01 (eleven years ago) link

The Ebbets site is awesome. Finally, a store that sells that hard-to-find Bonham Boogers gear.

mattbot, Friday, 11 January 2008 23:12 (eleven years ago) link

i never wear caps anymore :-/

mookieproof, Saturday, 12 January 2008 00:25 (eleven years ago) link

nice hat, morbs! i think i am going to get a tigers hat this year, as i am hoping to attend a game in detroit this spring.

hstencil, Saturday, 12 January 2008 21:24 (eleven years ago) link

two years pass...

now that my hair is short (and i'm going to try really hard to keep it that way) i think it might be time to buy a hat. thinkin about the classic red/white/blue expos and wishing i knew my hat size.

call all destroyer, Thursday, 13 May 2010 20:37 (nine years ago) link

All the good authorized (wool, fitted) caps I've ever gotten have shrunk up too tight to wear after a couple of heavy sweats.

Grisly Addams (WmC), Thursday, 13 May 2010 20:47 (nine years ago) link

this is pretty much the only hat I sport these days, and only when I go to games

mayor jingleberries, Thursday, 13 May 2010 22:29 (nine years ago) link

lol wait did stence go to ~williams~

Bard iirc

_▂▅▇█▓▒░◕‿‿◕░▒▓█▇▅▂_ (Steve Shasta), Thursday, 13 May 2010 23:00 (nine years ago) link

stence bought a ~black mets cap~

mookieproof, Friday, 14 May 2010 01:35 (nine years ago) link

SB hpencil

Further, I bought a Milwaukee Braves hat w/ the big white "M" in the middle, and it is good. I still can't bring myself to get a NY Giants. Kinda want an Expos too, but I worry about the white crown getting grody in a hurry

i wager 75% of males in the area have this hat. mine is very crooked and worn.

bee en u_u (bnw), Friday, 14 May 2010 14:35 (nine years ago) link

Definitely getting an Isotopes hat if I go to NM this fall.

Grisly Addams (WmC), Friday, 14 May 2010 15:20 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

this is the lead singer of arcade fire

mookieproof, Sunday, 18 March 2012 19:42 (seven years ago) link

this is still available, apparently...

Waxahachie Swap (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Sunday, 18 March 2012 20:45 (seven years ago) link

three years pass...

former mariners farmhand oleg korneev's cap from his russian military academy team, 2001

alas, oleg did not fare well in the decadent west

mookieproof, Wednesday, 24 February 2016 21:38 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

200 workers shouldn’t have to lose their jobs to move production to a non-union facility or overseas.

Bottom Line: @MLB caps should be made by union labor in Western New York, USA.

— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) February 21, 2019

mookieproof, Thursday, 21 February 2019 22:23 (six months ago) link

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