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  1. John Olerud. Hey-o!

    Comment by steex — October 17, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

  2. I think Ichiro wears the NewEra Low-Crown cap. They aren’t easy to spot online or on-field. I have an old Jays one and it definitely does reduce the vertical trucker-style that most of the regular on-field hats have.

    Here’s a good image that shows the difference.

    Comment by Graeme — October 17, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

  3. *Update*
    Looks like Derek Lowe reps a low(e)-crown hat too. Derek shows it off with class here:

    Comment by Graeme — October 17, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

  4. New Era’s 39Thirty (what they use for BP & ST caps) has the same low-crown profile, though made from a different material. E.g. –

    Anyone know where one can purchase the low-crown 59fifty? I saw, but their web design doesn’t exactly inspire confidence of them being reputable.

    Comment by JohnChoiniere — October 17, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

  5. Here’s Ichiro in Japan, wearing a cap with high crown:

    Comment by Dan — October 17, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

  6. Chris Carpenter seems to have switched to low-crown as well.

    Now this pisses me off. I spent $75 on Nationals and Yankees 59Fifty caps that don’t even fit me.

    Comment by Dan — October 17, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

  7. I used to tear the front webbing out of the hat, back in the late 90’s. The webbing is what holds the hat true to form and keeps it up right, giving it a more boxy feel. Once that is gone, the hat fits more to your head, and spherical, much like the way it looks on Ichiro. Maybe there’s something to that, maybe not. If it is true, I can’t imagine Ichiro does it himself. Haha. New era probably just leaves the webbing out for him or something.

    Comment by Ty — October 17, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

  8. I always thought Ichiro had his hats tailored. Now I’m not sure how I feel. On one hand, it’s cool that low-crown caps are available. On the other hand, dissolved is the imagine of Ichiro and a box of too-tall caps making his annual, desperate midnight visit to his Japanese back-alley tailor on the eve of Opening Day.

    Comment by Choo — October 17, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

  9. I can confirm that is indeed reputable.

    Comment by AARON — October 17, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

  10. As a Braves fan I approve of this post.

    Comment by Steve — October 17, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

  11. As a fan of hilarity, I approve this post.

    Comment by My echo and bunnymen — October 18, 2012 @ 1:04 am

  12. The more I see it, the more I like the spherical shape of the low crown versus the normal 59FIFTY caps. Shoot…. I purchased 20 stadium hats (from their team’s respective stadium) and now I wish I could have a different fit.

    Comment by My echo and bunnymen — October 18, 2012 @ 1:06 am

  13. I should say 20 different team’s stadium hats.

    Comment by My echo and bunnymen — October 18, 2012 @ 1:07 am

  14. Whereas I suspected he might be stealing them from Lou Gehrig’s grave, so I’m somewhat relieved to find out about commercial availability.

    (Though I suppose the Mariners never wore round hats, so the theory is problematic.)

    Comment by Tim — October 18, 2012 @ 2:21 am

  15. This is exactly what I expect from the pages of Notgraphs. This information is pointless…and priceless.

    Comment by Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown — October 18, 2012 @ 8:39 am

  16. I can also confirm that is legit. I have ordered multiple low crown caps from them over the years.

    Comment by Anthony — October 18, 2012 @ 8:47 am

  17. Max Scherzer of the Tigers has worn a low crown for a while. They can be found on the New Era website’s store.

    Comment by Kevin — October 18, 2012 @ 8:56 am

  18. I have no opinion on Ichiro’s hat because I’m still lost in Dustin Ackley’s eyes.

    Comment by Bryan — October 18, 2012 @ 10:54 am

  19. You could sure use a less patriotic cap anyway – consider adding a Reds or Dodgers one.

    Comment by reillocity — October 18, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

  20. Thanks, you two!

    Comment by JohnChoiniere — October 18, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

  21. I’ve yet to see it at a stadium store either. Also, when I went to the NewEra “flagship” stores (Toronto and NYC) and asked if they carried the low-crown model, they didn’t even know what I was talking about let along have them in stock.

    Comment by Graeme — October 18, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

  22. agree with this. use a razor blade and scissors to cut the webbing/netting and it fits way more comfortably. this is also from the era where dirty and ripped bills were somewhat vogue

    Comment by davef — October 18, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

  23. Some teams carry the low crown caps in their team shops. The Astros sell the orange 1970’s throwback hat in low crown at Minute Maid Park.

    There was a discussion on Chris Creamer’s uniforms message board a while back about this. I think there are a dozen or so MLB players who wear the low crown hats or customize their hats to appear low crown. And Kenny Rogers allegedly wore a custom 3930 wool hat, and not a 5950 low crown, back when he played for the Tigers.

    And & New Era sell the low crowns regularly. Minorleagues is legit: I’ve actually been to their shop. They are in a strip shopping center in the shadow of Angels Stadium in Anaheim.

    Comment by Bouj — October 19, 2012 @ 11:45 am

  24. “Seams,” madam? Nay, it is; I know not “seams.”

    Ichiro, Prince of Denmark, 1.2.78

    Comment by Anna Karina — October 20, 2012 @ 10:57 pm

  25. Chris Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals wore a low crown cap.

    Comment by brandon — January 29, 2014 @ 12:39 am

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