After days of signing Dutchie talents, summing up Dutchies, reporting about the European Cup and the Dutch Hoofdklasse, now a more playful article.
The other day I saw a nice item about baseball caps of the seventies. Those born after the seventies must know that it was an era in which baseball uniforms had the wildest designs and colours. Take these uniforms of the Pittsburgh Pirates of those days. It will give you an idea how hideous some of those uniforms were.
So were some of the caps. But I am not focusing on the ugly caps, but I am focusing on those which I think were the best looking caps of the seventies.
To me the very best cap of the seventies is this pillbox cap of the Pittsburgh Pirates. This one is a classic. In the early days of baseball, this cap was a common one, but it was slowly replaced by the eight panel cap that slowly developed to the six panel caps we have today. But the Pirates brought the pillbox back in the seventies. First a yellow one in 1976 but a year later they sported this black one next to the yellow one. This black one is still on my wishlist.
I also like the Mariners’ trident cap that they wore from 1977 through 1980.
The current A Short season affiliate of the Mariners, the Everett AquaSox , sport a road cap of which the E refers to the trident cap of the seventies.
The Expos hat that my other favorite team wore from 1969 until 1992 also belongs to my favorites. The problem with these Expos hats is that they are long gone. Montreal is no longer an MLB franchise and the replicas of this awesome cap are of poor quality mostly made by New Era and American Needle. The cap shown is a replica of New Era. It gives you an idea of how it looked like, but the M doesn’t really look the same.
I also like the smart logo cap (left) of the Milwaukee Brewers that they sported from 1978. Nowadays they wear this cap together with their throwback uniforms on Friday homegames.
If there is one club that has changed it’s look more than once, it is the Angels. After they moved from Dodger Stadium (where they were called the Los Angeles Angels), they renamed themselves and became the California Angels. In the seventies they changed the style of their caps twice. They started the decade with this beauty with the halo on top of the crown and then changed the style in 1971 into a more playful one (below), but that
design only lasted two seasons before they switched to this one:
The last one that I want to show is one of the few so called Taco Bell caps that the Padres sported in the 70s. Since there are many poor copies made by New Era, American Needle and even Roman Cap Co (a now defunct producer of quality replica caps), I post a pic of Goose Gossage wearing the famous Taco Bell cap.
I realize that many may say “Man that cap is uuuuuugly!” Perhaps you are right, but I think it is so ugly that it is beautiful again.
Like I wrote a few times, most of the replicas are of poor quality nowadays. Of course there are exceptions and the exception makes the rule. An example of that is the Pirates’ pillbox cap. The only disadvantage with that cap is that it comes with a P in raised embroidery, something that wasn’t invented back then.
If this post has drawn your interest in throwback caps, I’d like to advice you to visit http://www.ballcapblog.blogspot.com.
This blog has a shipload of information about throwback caps and it even shows some originals from the old days.