The history of the baseball hat dates back to April 24th 1849 – the day that the New York Knickerbockers adopted the first official uniform. Although somewhat different in look, these first baseball hats served the same purpose as they do today: To protect the player’s eyes from the sun while playing. These first baseball hats were made from straw and looked like a mix between a Southerner’s Straw Hat and a Pork Pie Hat. The downside of using straw was that the hats were less elastic, blew off easily by gusts of wind, and didn’t absorb sweat as easily. As a result the hats were soon after made out ofmerino wool.
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