Founder, Jerry Cohen, goes through his picks from our latest ballcap release and why he chose to add these to this months ballcap roster.
I have fond memories of the early days of the company in the late 1980s. In those pre-digital times, I had to go to where the research was. Every winter for a few years I made my way to Cooperstown, NY. Half the town was closed, Doubleday Field was covered in snow, but the Hall of Fame and its adjacent baseball library were open, and I had the run of the place. Here is where I saw my first eight-panel cap, one belonging to the Houston Buffaloes of the Texas League. The eight-panel style was fairly common in the early 20th Century. It seems to have disappeared by around 1940. Our eight panel styles are distinct from the usual six-panel caps in that they have a slightly shallower fit with less of a propped-up crown, and they feature a leather sweatband. The “eights” also have the classic soft foldable visor. This feature confuses some contemporary hat buyers who are used to conventional stiff visors, but in early hats a softer material was put in the visor so that the player could shape it to his liking, as well as fold it up and put it in his pocket. If you are new to eight-panel caps, this Houston cap from 1932 is a great place to start adding this style to your collection.
Fuji Athletic Club
Sometimes history needs a little help. Portland’s Fuji Athletic Club has been one of the most popular historic teams we have offered in the past year. You can read about the history of Frank Fukuda’s ballclub here. We had much demand for a Fuji cap, but alas, the research shows that the team wore a plain black cap unadorned with lettering. We took the “Fuji” script from the team uniform shirt and added it in sewn felt to the basic cap to make what we really think is a classic. (Fuji A.C. wore a solid-colored sweatshirt with their uniform without a flannel jersey, which is very unusual).
For my third pick, I’m going with the 1947 Durham Bulls cap. Durham first fielded a professional baseball team in 1902, and of course the team was immortalized in the classic 1988 film Bull Durham. But what I love about this cap is its simplicity. Just a felt block “D” on a field of royal blue. It reminds me of similar Little League caps that were commonplace through the 1960s. In this era of overly-busy sports logos, graphic designers can learn something from this cap’s “less is more” aesthetic. The hat’s plain-spoken beauty is much more attractive to me than any of the highly detailed over-designed minor league caps of today.
Still from the movie, Bull Durham.
Durham Bulls Uniform
I agree with Robert: “How ’Bout Them Dawgs!”
Who to I have to pester down here to get an old Block G Georgia cap with an EFF tag inside?
Hey Jerry, love your products the quality and craftsmanship is A-1. I agree with Tom McCormick about bigger sizes would be great. Also could you all make some more Sacramento Solons Caps.
Love this company!! I am particularly fond of your short visor caps. How about making an Old Washington Senator’s cap like Walter Johnson wore?
Your company does a great job. You specialize in immortalizing obscure minor league franchises from long, long ago. Here’s a suggestion for a product… The 1961 Jersey City Jerseys drew 47,000 fans the entire International League season. They had moved to JC mid-season in 1960 from Havana, where they were the legendary Sugar Kings. Here they were, playing in the middle of the biggest market in the nation, in obscurity.
Hello. I’ve been a fan and customer since day one of your founding in 1988 and my awareness thanks to Baseball America and such media and my cousin when he lived in Seattle. My favorite is the Negro League Baseball. The other day I saw on Lids website some MiLB caps will we be able to get the jerseys for them? If so you’re awesome. Thanks.
Thanks Jerry and EFF for your products and these blogs. Love all of it and have been a customer for a while now. Would love to see a Stanford University cap in your college collection. Thanks!
I love everything about Ebbets Field Flannels…..including Jerry’s prose regarding the history of teams, hats, and uniforms.
Keep up the good work Jerry.
Love your picks! Speaking of the simplicity of the Durham Bulls caps, have you considered doing an 80’s Modesto A’s cap? Or perhaps any of the charter members of the Cal League like the Anaheim Aces, Bakersfield Badgers, Fresno Cardinals, Merced Bears, Riverside Reds, San Bernardino Stars, Santa Barbara Saints, and Stockton Fliers. Thank you for all that you do!
Cooperstown and the National Baseball Hall of Fame, what wonderful places. Less than 3 weeks ago, I was a speaker at the 10th annual SABR 19th century baseball conference. My presentation was on Baseball in Colorado, 1859 -1900. I wore my 1882 Denver & Rio Grande Reds uniform, complete with bow tie on day 1 and my 1882 Leadville Blues uniform on day 2.
Our Sky Sox are doing a tip of the cap all the way back to the 1901 CS Millionaires and this month, the 1950’s original CS Sky Sox. Baseball history rocks!
Jerry…….I absolutely love your jerseys and hats, and have bought several………However, I am a large guy (6’5", 350), and am frustrated by my inability to purchase some of your terrific sweatshirts…… The maximum size seems to be 2X, and is not a size I can wear……I am certain that I am not alone, and am hoping that you will offer 3X and/or 4X sweatshirts in the future…….Thank you…….Tom McCormick
Last night I was wearing a white Oakland Oaks cap (can’t remember the year) to my grandson’s baseball game. I have been a customer for a long time. Since that Sports Illustrated article appeared. I have Tshirts that I got back in the 90’s that have worn out and had to be discarded (you don’t make them anymore). Still have a Paris Red Peppers T-shirt that still has only a few small holes in it and I continue to wear.
The Toronto Maple Leafs T-shirt seems to be my summer Sunday choice of attire.
I guess you could call me a big fan.
Hi Jerry, I was a big Toronto Maple Leaf fan growing up. I would like to send you a photo of the last uniform the team wore. It was a vest and the logo on the hat was larger than the 1960 you feature. I would love to see these items made available. Also you had a sweatshirt with Maple Leaf Stadium on it and I’d like to purchase one if it could be made up. You can reach me at 1 888 3479674. Thanks. Pleasure doing business with you.
When are you bringing back the blue Boston Bean eaters cap?
Your EFF merchandise and team are great. In talking with Maurice I would really like to see a Notre Dame cap and jersey. I know the ND merchandise and licensing are a pain and more expensive than some, but it’s Notre Dame. You know you’ll sell this line. Looking forward to my Fuji hoodie and got my cap yesterday. As soon as you get the Fuji tee in large I’m buying. Thanks for the great EFF line love wearing them, love the comments from those asking where I purchased them.
All the best
Smalls you are killing me! You still do not have a Jawja Bulldog (Georgia) college hat 🧢 in your lineup? What am I to do? But and I do have to say but, progress is evident with the addition of the Durham Bulls, so I will continue to patiently wait and hope, wait and hope that you will see the light 💡 and add my beloved Bulldogs to your already great lineup.