What was the first baseball cap made of?

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Baseball caps were first made of straw in the US. The modern style was adopted by the Brooklyn Excelsiors in the 1860s. The Detroit Tigers were the first to put their mascot on their cap in 1901. Clear-billed caps were introduced in 1895 but never became official. Women’s caps were one-size-fits-all in the 1940s and 1950s. Most cap sales are for fashion, and 15% are sold to women.

Straw was used to make the first baseball caps in the United States. The baseball team’s first official uniform was implemented in 1849 by the New York Knickerbockers and consisted of wool pants, flannel shirts, and straw hats. This style was mostly worn until the 1860s, when the Brooklyn Excelsiors adopted a merino wool cap with a soft rounded top and beak that eventually became the modern baseball cap. The first major league team to adorn their official hat with an image of their team mascot was the Detroit Tigers, who wore caps with tiger images beginning in 1901.

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In 1895, baseball caps with clear bills were introduced in an effort to make it easier for players to see while still blocking out the sun; however, they never caught on enough to be adopted as the official hat.
While men’s baseball caps were fitted, women’s leagues in the 1940s and 1950s had one-size-fits-all caps.
According to New Era, the maker of the official baseball caps for Major League Baseball, approximately 60% of cap sales go to non-athletes for fashion use rather than actually being worn for sports, and 15% of caps are sold to women (MLB).

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