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A baseball cap worn with the bill at the front, shading the eyes
A baseball cap worn with the bill at the front, shading the eyes

A baseball cap is a type of soft cap with a long, stiffened and curved peak and it is worn by men, women and children. The back of the cap often has a plastic, Velcro, or elastic adjustor so that it can be quickly adjusted to fit any wearer, although fitted caps are also common. Those with long hair sometimes wear their hair in a ponytail which they pull through the gap in the cap above the adjustor. The cap is normally sewn in sections, and may be topped with a matching fabric-covered button on the crown. Traditionally the peak is worn over the eyes, but the cap is sometimes worn backwards, or at other angles. When worn in front, the peak can be functional for blocking the sun. The major athletic cap manufacturers include Nike and New Era. Image File history File links Information. ... A baseball cap. ... A baseball cap. ... For the acronym CAP, see CAP. A cap is a form of headgear. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Velcro: hooks (left) and loops (right). ... Look up elastic in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A ponytail is a hairstyle in which most or all of the hair on the head is pulled away from the face, gathered and secured at the back of the head with a hair tie, clip or similar device, and allowed to hang freely from that point. ... For other uses, see Button (disambiguation). ... Nike, Inc. ... The New Era Cap Company, based in Buffalo, is the largest sports-licensed headwear company in the United States. ...


It is most associated with those who play baseball. However, the baseball cap is far more than just a part of baseball players' uniforms; it is arguably the most popular style of hat in the United States and many Western nations, as well as in Japan. This article is about the sport. ...

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History

In many ways, the baseball cap is a symbol of the late 20th century, as it became popular as the culture of sports increased in popularity, starting (naturally) with baseball. In 1860, the Brooklyn Excelsiors 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. (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999... 1860 is the leap year starting on Sunday. ... Year 1900 (MCM) was an exceptional common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar, but a leap year starting on Saturday of the Julian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Design

Baseball caps are made of all types of material and shaped in various styles for different purposes. Major league baseball players wear classic-style caps made of wool (or, more recently, polyester) with their team's simple logo and colors; the logo is usually embroidered into the wool. Caps used by players may sometimes have sunglasses attached to the peak that can be flipped down when the player must look into the sky, but kept flipped up at other times. Long and short hair wool at the South Central Family Farm Research Center in Boonesville, Arizona Wool is the fiber derived from the fur of animals of the Caprinae family, principally sheep, but the hair of certain species of other mammals such as goats, alpacas, llamas and rabbits may also... SEM picture of a bend in a high surface area polyester fiber with a seven-lobed cross section Polyester is a category of polymers, or, more specifically condensation polymers, which contain the ester functional group in their main chain. ... Gold Embroidery Cross-stitch embroidery, Hungary, mid-20th century Phulkari from Punjab region, India 15th century embroidered cope, Ghent, Belgium Elizabethan embroidery styles include blackwork on linen and dense patterns worked in colored silk and metallic threads on velvet or other rich fabrics Embroidery is the art or handicraft of...


Athletes in other sports wear caps with their team's logo and colors as "sideline" caps; both types are also sold as authentic team merchandise in retail stores and are quite popular. Other caps may simply have a company's logo, such as Nike or Carhartt; these hats are often made of brushed cotton. Golfers tend to prefer the visor form of cap which does not cover the head but keeps the sun out of their eyes; women also traditionally have worn visors casually but a trend towards certain youth subcultures see an increase in visor popularity among both sexes. Nike, Inc. ... Carhartt Carhartt is a U.S. based clothing company founded in 1889. ... Cotton ready for harvest. ... This article is about the sport. ...


Another version of the baseball cap, worn often—but not exclusively—by farmers and migrant agricultural workers, is the plastic mesh cap with foam fronts and a farm feed supply company logo or the like printed on the cap. This style of baseball cap is sometimes called a "trucker cap" because of its blue collar associations. It is also known as a "gimme cap" due to its being given away for free as a method of advertising. A trucker hat. ... A blue-collar worker is a working class employee who performs manual or technical labor, such as in a factory or in technical maintenance trades, in contrast to a white-collar worker, who does non-manual work generally at a desk. ...

A male fraternity member wearing a baseball cap.

Beginning in the 1980s, the baseball cap also came to be associated with film directors, especially Spike Lee, Steven Spielberg, and Michael Moore, replacing the beret in the popular image. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (453 × 604 pixel, file size: 43 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) to illustrate one fashion of wearing caps, prevalent among frt boys and men that wear plaid I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (453 × 604 pixel, file size: 43 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) to illustrate one fashion of wearing caps, prevalent among frt boys and men that wear plaid I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into... The terms fraternity and sorority (from the Latin words and , meaning brother and sister respectively) may be used to describe many social and charitable organizations, for example the Lions Club, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Rotary International, Optimist International, or the Shriners. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Shelton Jackson Lee (born March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia), better known as Spike Lee, is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor noted for his films dealing with controversial social and political issues. ... Steven Allan Spielberg KBE (born December 18, 1946)[1] is an American film director and producer. ... Michael Francis Moore (born April 23, 1954) is an American political-activist, a film director, author, social commentator, and political humorist. ... Basque style Beret Black beret with military emblem A beret (pronounced in English, except in North America where it is pronounced ) is a soft round cap, usually of wool felt, with a flat crown, which is worn by both men and women. ...


Wearing a baseball cap with the peak at certain directions can have significance to gang members, as well. For this reason, many public schools prohibit the wearing of baseball caps on the head in order to prevent gang violence. Many students continue to wear caps for the fashionable qualities of headwear. For other uses, see Gang (disambiguation). ...


The idea of wearing the cap backwards is commonly attributed to catchers in baseball, as when they began using facemasks, they had to turn the cap around to fit the mask on. The position of the catcher Catcher is also a general term for a fielder who catches the ball in cricket. ...


The military also uses baseball caps as part of the uniform, especially the United States Navy. Used mostly with the utility uniform and coveralls, the baseball cap usually has a command logo on the front to denote command affiliation. Also baseball caps of a particular color are worn to denote a specific function of a person or particular job. Two examples are in the United States submarine force, red baseball hats are worn by drill monitors who facilitate and critique members of the boat's crew during drills. Also in the United States Army, parachute riggers wear red baseball caps and parachute instructors wear black baseball caps as part of their uniform. In Slovenia, policemen on motorcycles wear baseball caps as a part of their uniform, when they remove the helmet. USN redirects here. ... Alvin in 1978, a year after first exploring hydrothermal vents. ... The United States Army is the largest branch of the armed forces of the United States. ... A parachute rigger is a person who is licenced to pack, maintain or repair parachutes. ...


Many armed police units around the world, notably SWAT in the United States and Scotland Yard's Specialist Firearms Command in Great Britain, often wear baseball caps to shield their eyes from the sun where a full helmet and facemask would be excessive. This article is about Special Weapons and Tactics. ... New Scotland Yard, London New Scotland Yard, it blowwsssss often referred to simply as Scotland Yard or The Yard, is the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service, responsible for policing Greater London (although not the City of London itself). ... The Specialist Firearms Command (CO19) (better known by its former Specialist Operations designation SO19) is the department of Londons Metropolitan Police which provides firearms-related support to the generally unarmed force. ...


See also

Baseball equipment and clothing The baseball is the most fundamental piece of equipement in the game. ... A trucker hat. ...

External links

  • "Happy 50th Baseball caps" - BBC News story

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Baseball Cap: How Products are Made (1786 words)
A baseball cap is a soft hat that consists of a soft fabric crown sewn of several sections of fabric and a visor that protects the eyes from the sun.
The sectional cap we know as the baseball cap resembles other soft sports caps popular in the 1800s and may be a variation of the yachting cap or a generic outdoor sport cap.
A galvanized steel button is self-covered (covered over in the same color as the rest of the cap) and it is then applied at the dead center of the baseball cap on top of the beanie crown at the place in which all the sections of the cap converge.
Baseball cap - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (801 words)
A baseball cap is a type of soft cap with a long, stiffened and curved peak and it is worn by men, women and children.
In many ways, the baseball cap is a symbol of the 20th century, as it became popular as the culture of sports increased in popularity, starting (naturally) with baseball.
Baseball caps are made of all types of material and shaped in various styles for different purposes.
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