In 1860, the Brooklyn Excelsiors baseball team wore the ancestor of the modern rounded-top baseball cap, which featured a long peak and a button on top, and by 1900, the “Brooklyn style” cap became popular. During the 1940s, latex rubber became the stiffening material inside the hat and the modern baseball cap was born. Originally the peak, also known as the “bill” or “brim”, was designed to protect a player’s eyes from the sun. Typically, the peak was much shorter in the earlier days of the baseball cap but the cap also became more structured, versus the overall “floppy” cap of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The baseball cap was and still is an important means by which to identify a team in the modern day MLB often featuring the logo, mascot. Outside of sports however the baseball cap soon became a favoured way of showing who your team was for fans, this eventually lead to an overspill into everyday society and the baseball cap soon became a staple accessory for young men all over the world.
Today however, we find young men tend to favour styling their hair with things such as pomade, fibre putty and style powder. Unfortunately over the last 5 years when we’ve come to think of ‘caps’ or baseball caps we think of those ever present Leonardo DiCaprio paparazzi photos that are littering the internet of the man himself simply milling around LA or New York, cap down over his face, trying his best to blend into the crowd and get on with his life. But no more. Like Leo’s ‘dad-style’ the cap is back and its here to stay. Partly built off the back of global lockdowns and barbers world over being shut, men have been forced to grow their hair to abnormal lengths, unkept, greying (age dependent) and shaggy, a brave few taking the leap with home haircuts that can be described as patchy at best and have been a source of material woes for the past 6 months. Hat-wearing during lockdown was inevitable and men all over have once again reached out their trusted friend, their safety blanket the baseball cap to cover the multitude of sins happening on top of their heads. But not all hats are made equal and deciding what baseball hat is your perfect match takes serious consideration and serious thought. As such we have provided a list, some of the best baseball hats on the market at the moment. You’re welcome.