Do I want one of these new Ebbets Field Flannels satin warmup jackets a little too much?
Let’s call it a hangover from my burning childhood desire for one of these.
Ebbets Field Flannels’ new round of caps includes this one, for the House of David, a legendary Jewish-themed barnstorming team from the first half of the 20th century. The club was famous for its long hair and full beards. The 1934 hat, reproduced here, is what’s called a “Cincinnati” style cap - with contrasting trim on the base of the cap and bill. Pretty neat, if you ask me. What’s more, it’s on sale.
It’s On Sale: Ebbets Field Flannels
Anyone who reads the eBay Roundups regularly has probably already surmised that I’m fond of Cooperstown Ballcap, a company (now defunct) that hand-made baseball caps in a broad variety of vintage styles. We’re left to trawl eBay for those gems, but at least we still have Ebbets Field Flannels.
Ebbets Field Flannels caps have a slightly more modern form - they have higher, stiffer crowns and fabric rather than leather headbands. Still, they’re quite beautiful, and have some wonderful details like green satin underbills. They’re also very reasonably priced, at $40 each.
Of course, when they’re on sale for 25% off, just in time for the All-Star Game, it’s downright unamerican not to buy one. They’re the perfect accessory for a summer afternoon in a t-shirt and jeans.
(Above: the 1955 San Francisco Seals)
Apparently the Miami Marlins are now a rec-league softball team sponsored by a Caribbean-themed chain restaurant.
On the plus side, they’re celebrating Mojito Tuesdaze with 2-for-1 drink specials all month long!
I think the only way to perfectly describe the way Pete Rose’s outfit above combines the spirit of the late 1980s with creepiness, loudness and general unsavoryness would be to call it “Pete Rose-y.”
Say hey! Willie Mays and Al Dark at Spring training, 1961, via SI.
The only MLB team to still wear a chain stitched jersey.
Easily my favorite MLB logo. I have a 40s-style Cards hat with the birds and the bat from the late, lamented Cooperstown Ballcap Co. and it’s one of my favorite garments. The chain stitching here is absolutely lovely.
Here’s a classic baseball cap I’d like to wear. Fidel Castro pitches an exhibition game for “Los Barbudos,” in 1959, shortly after he came to power. The team was named after the nickname of his Cuban revolutionary group, meaning “the bearded ones.” Fidel was never much of a ballplayer, but he’s always been a lover of baseball.