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Description: Hand-sewn from genuine wool baseball cloth. This cap is built to last a lifetime. 

Product Details:

  • Made in the USA
  • Genuine navy wool broadcloth 
  • Gold felt star on front
  • Short, soft visor with chartreuse green satin under visor
  • Vintage hair cloth backed buckram crown
  • Satin taping with cotton sweatband
  • Item #: EFFA-SBGC

League: Women's League

History: Amelia Bloomer designed the split skirt for bicycling and other sport activities. An early women's rights activist, at the time she had no idea how her new invention would soon help spark the beginning of women’s barnstorming baseball clubs in the 1890s. These teams would go on to play for the better part of the next four decades. Calling themselves Bloomer Girls, they never played each other, instead they played amateur, semi pro and minor league men's baseball teams all over the country. Of all the teams in the circuit, the Star Bloomer Girls were a barnstorming powerhouse, known to readily beat the best men's teams any town could muster up to come at them. Wherever the Star Bloomers played they drew crowds. Besides the Star Bloomer Girls, other team names included All Star Ranger Girls, Philadelphia Bobbies, New York Bloomer Girls, Baltimore Black Sox Colored Girls, Hollywood Bloomer Girls, amongst others. Bloomer Girls teams were integrated with with at least one male player. St. Louis Cardinals Rogers Hornsby got his start at 16 years old on the  Boston Bloomer Girls. Hornsby wore a wig and pretended to be a girl while playing on the team. Still, it was a start. So did Smokey Joe Wood, who was signed by the Boston Red Sox while playing as a girl for the Bloomer Girls. Most of the men wore wigs and dressed as women, however not all did. Bloomer Girls teams were amongst the first in the country to play night games in the early 1900s. Being used to the bright overhead lights gave the Bloomers an advantage over their daytime playing counterparts.  Eventually, the rise of the farm club system in minor league baseball led to the end of the Bloomers in 1934. Up until this point, the Bloomer Girls circuit offered a steady job with travel and adventure as a perk to any young women who could hit well and play the field.

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