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In 1860, the Brooklyn Excelsior wore the ancestor of the modern rounded-top baseball cap, 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. The peak, also known in certain areas 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 hat. Also, the hat has become 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. Often the logo, mascot, or team's initial was placed on the cap. Usually, the cap was also fashioned in the official colours of a particular team.

Like most items of clothing, it came about more through necessity than fashion. It was made to cover one's head during a summertime sport.

From the era of Babe Ruth through Ted Williams, the stands of our stadiums were filled with men in jackets and ties wearing short-brimmed fedoras. As society opened up in the 1960s, the unofficial dress code relaxed and the preferred head gear at a baseball game became the same in the stands as it was on the field.

 

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