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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 minorleagues.com & 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.