The big sellers; MLB's Top 10 caps

May 17, 2012 1 Comment

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(Editor's Note: Longtime baseball uniform expert and author Morris Levin writes weekly for Authentically Speaking.)

 

By Morris Levin

New Era manufactures and supplies all of the official on-field pro-model caps worn by all thirty Major League teams. The Cardboard Connection recently posted the top ten caps sold by New Era. It's an interesting list and well worth taking a look at here.

(1) New York Yankees. The Yankees first wore a version of this style in 1913, and have worn it at home and on the road since 1922. The Yankees cap is a global brand, perhaps a better known icon than the MLB logo itself.

(2) Atlanta Braves. While traveling in Holland in 2006, I saw many local Dutch guys wearing Braves cap. I couldn’t figure out the connection. I finally stopped a guy – about 20 years old – wearing Braves cap. I told him I was from the U.S., and why was he wearing a Braves cap?  He looked kind of puzzled and said, “Braves? A is for Amsterdam!”.   Which is to suggest that all of these sales are Dutch driven.

(3) Boston Red Sox. Like the Yankees, this is pure baseball cap goodness. The Red Sox started with a two-color felt version of this cap in the 1930s, and switched to the embroidered B in the 1950s. The club switched to a red crown in the 1970s, but returned to this one in 1979.

(4) Cincinnati Reds. The Reds have made this wishbone-C their baseball own. Yes, the Cubs, and Cleveland have worn versions of the wishbone-C since World War II. But this now belongs to the Reds. Now if only they would just drop the black, and bring back one of the most clean and straight-forward caps in baseball. 

(5) Los Angeles Dodgers. There have been tweaks to the boldness of the letter-strokes, but this cap traces its origin to the club’s first year in 1958.

(6) Chicago White Sox. The White Sox introduced this cap in September 1990, ahead of their move into New Comiskey in 1991.  The White Sox were the lone team at the time to claim black as their color. They applied black to a classic club uniform template. I would be happy if the White Sox never change their cap again. This is perfect for the club.

(7) Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates changed their colors from navy blue and red, to black and gold in 1948. Black and gold are the colors of the city of Pittsburgh’s flag. The Steelers wear black and gold. The Penguins wear black and gold. The Pirates wore this cap until 1970, and then returned to it in 1987 and have worn it since. 

(8) Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies have won the National League East since 2007, and have sold out more than 200 straight games. I wear this cap myself. Phillies fans buy a lot of merchandise.

(9) San Francisco Giants. San Francisco has worn only orange and black, and have worn an orange SF on a black cap, since their first season in 1958. It’s a beautiful and classic cap. And winning the World Series doesn’t hurt.

(10) St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals win the World Series every few years, play in front of adoring fans, and wear one of the top three unis in the National League. 

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The 76ers fever is down: A little bit of disappointment in Philadelphia today after hosting a conference semi-final playoff game for the first time since 2003 last night, only to watch the veteran Celtics play tremendous defense to win handily by 16 points and take a 2-1 lead in the series.  

That being said, there's the opportunity to tie things up Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center, with another playoff, sell-out crowd expected, and fans in Center City Philly are stopping by the store to talk a little hoops and check out the "Junk Food T's," Adidas track jackets and snapback caps (pictured above), and Banner 47 snapbacks as well.

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1 Response

Olga
Olga

July 07, 2012

Fortunately, you won’t have to deal with it.The Phils would have had an easier time with the Sox. Their sttnriag staff is in disarray (was) and they don’t run as well as Tampa. The key would have been getting to the ninth inning with a lead.Tampa’s sttnriag pitching is more consistent and they’re faster and their hitters are as good as the Phils.So, let the dust collect on that Red Sox cap.Just so you know, they’re coming back to the ballpark next year for 3 games.

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Size Charts

Select your brand and style to read more about how your purchase will fit:

American Needle fitted hats | '47 Brand hats | '47 Brand apparel | Majestic apparel | Majestic jerseys | Red Jacket apparel | Junk Food apparel | Next Level apparel (Shibe Originals)

Use these tips as a general guide when finding your measurements:

 

American Needle Fitted Hats

If you do not know your size, first determine where on your head you want to wear your hat. Usually it is worn about a half-inch to an inch above the eyebrows and/or just above the ears. Have a friend hold the tape measure (cloth, plastic, or download a printable version here) at the point where you want the hat to rest on your head.  Insert the tip of your little finger between the tape and your head.  Record the measurement and find your Fitted Hat size using the chart below.  This should provide you with a comfortable fit.

 

'47 Brand Hats

 

47 Brand Adjustable Hats Size Chart Size Hat Size Circumference (cm)
Adjustable Hats Men's 6 7/8 - 7 5/8 55 - 61
Women's 6 5/8 - 7 1/4 53 - 58
Youth 6 5/8 - 7 1/8 53 - 57

 

47 Brand Fitted Hats Size Chart Size Hat Size Circumference (cm)
Fitted Hats XX Small 6 1/2 - 6 5/8 52 - 53
X Small 6 3/4 54
Small 6 7/8 - 7 55 - 56
Medium 7 - 7 1/8 56 - 57
Large 7 1/4 58
X Large 7 3/8 - 7 5/8 59 - 61
XX Large 7 5/8 - 7 3/4 61 - 62
XXX Large 7 7/8 63
XXXX Large 8 64
XXXXX Large 8 1/8 65

 

47 Brand Stretch Fit Hats Size Chart Size Hat Size Circumference (cm)
Stretch Fit Fitted Hats Youth 6 1/2 - 6 5/8 52 - 53
Small / Medium 6 7/8 - 7 55 - 56
Medium / Large 7 1/8 - 7 3/8 57 - 59
Large / X Large 7 1/2 - 7 5/8 60 - 61
One Size Fits All 7 - 7 1/2 56 - 60

 

47 Brand Knit Hats Size Chart Hat Size Circumference (cm)
Knit Hats Youth 6 1/2 - 6 3/4 52 - 54
One Size Fits All 6 7/8 - 7 1/2 55 - 60

 

'47 Brand Apparel

 

 
47 Brand Men's Size Chart S M L XL XXL
Neck 14"-14.5" 15"-15.5" 16"-16.5" 17"-17.5" 18"-18.5"
Shoulder 21" 22" 23" 24" 25"
Chest 36"-38" 39"-41" 42"-44" 45"-47" 48"-50"
Waist 28"-30" 31"-33" 34"-36" 37"-39" 40"-42"

 

47 Brand Women's Size Chart S M L XL
Size 2-4 6-8 8-10 10-12
Shoulder 14.25" 15.25" 16.25" 17.25"
Bust 32"-34" 35"-36" 37"-38" 39"-42"
Waist 26"-27" 28"-29" 30"-31" 32"-33"

 

 

Majestic apparel

Men's Sizing (measurements in inches)
  S M L XL XXL 3XL 4XL
Chest 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 52-52 54-56 58-60
Waist 28-30 32-34 36-38 40-42 44-46 48-50 52-54
Hip 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 50-52 54-56 58-60
Sleeve 32-33 33-34 34-35 35-36 36-36 1/2 36 1/2-37 37-37 1/2
Neck 14-14 1/2 15-15 1/2 16-16 1/2 17-17 1/2 18-18 1/2 19-19 1/2 20-20 1/2

 

Women's Sizing (measurements in inches)
  XS S M L XL 1X 2X
Size 0-2 4-6 8-10 12-14 16-18 16W-18W 20W-22W
Chest 32-33 34-35 36-37 38-40 41 1/2-43 1/2 43-45 47-49
Waist 24-25 26-27 28-29 30-32 33 1/2-35 1/2 36-38 39-41
Hip 34 1/2-35 1/2 36 1/2-37 1/2 38 1/2-39 1/2 40 1/2-42 1/2 44-46 46-48 49-51
Sleeve 29 1/4 30 30 3/4 31 1/2 32 32 1/2 33

 

Youth Sizing (measurements in inches)
  S M L XL XXL 3XL
Size 6-8 10-12 14-16 18-20 20 22
Chest 24-26 28-30 32-34 36-38    
Waist 21-23 25-27 29-31 33-35 37-39 40-42

 

 

 

Majestic Jerseys

Adult Men's Replica Jersey Sizing  
Jersey Size Small Medium Large X Large XX Large
Neck (diameter of neck) 6.5 6.75 7 7.25 7.5
Chest (underarm to underarm) 20 1/2 22 1/2 24 1/2 26 1/2 28 1/2
Sleeve (back of inside neck to end of middle sleeve) 8 1/2 8 3/4 9 9 1/4 9 1/2

 

Apparel Sizing Tips:

Use these tips as a general guide when finding your measurements:

Chest/Bust: With your arms at your sides, measure around the fullest part of your chest, across shoulder blades and under arms.

Waist: To measure your natural waistline, wrap the tape so it intersects your navel. Keep tape flat, but comfortably loose.

Hips: Stand with your heels together and measure the fullest part of your hips. Make sure the measuring tape is level all the way around your body.

Inseam: Stand up straight, and start the tape measure high in your crotch. Straighten the tape down the inside of your leg to the bottom of your ankle.

 

 

Red Jacket apparel

 

 

Junk Food apparel

 

Next Level apparel (Shibe Originals)

General Size Neck
(in inches)
Chest
(in inches)
Waist
(in inches)
Arm
(in inches)
Small 14-14.5 34-36 28-30 31.5-32
Medium 15-15.5 38-40 32-34 32.5-33
Large 16-16.5 42-44 36-38 33.5-34
X-Large 17-17.5 46-48 40-42 34.5-35
XX-Large 18 – 18.5 50-52 44-46 35.5-36