Hiroshima Carp 1959 Vintage 8-panel Ballcap
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Description: Authentic reproduction of the original 8-panel 1959 Hiroshima Carp Ballcap. Hand-sewn from genuine wool baseball cloth. This cap is built to last a lifetime.
- Made in the USA
- Genuine navy wool broadcloth
- Orange on Athletic Fold "HC" logo on front
- Navy wool soft visor with green satin under visor
- Vintage hair cloth backed buckram crown
- Satin taping with leather sweatband
- Item #: HIR59C
League: Japanese Baseball
History: Hiroshima established a professional baseball team as part of the city's reconstruction efforts after the atomic bomb devastation in 1945. The Carp ("Koi" in Japanese) were perennially underfunded, and were so poor that in 1953 they could only afford to issue one uniform per player. The Carp played in Hiroshima Municipal Stadium until 2008.
I wasn't sure I wanted to order this hat because I have too many as it is and you can only wear one at a time; the logo and its colors are not typically my style, and nothing in my opinion beats the ultimate hat, which I wear regularly: 1915 8-panel Whales. However, I love the story of the impecunious Japanese baseball team and its unlikely establishment following the nuclear bombing of its city (insane to think about). It arrived yesterday and I love it. I'll alternate with my Whales cap, one longer brim and one shorter brim. I've mostly shelved my Bloomer Girls cap and I gave my Newark cap to a friend.
I own three six-panel Ebbets caps, and this is my first eight-panel. It is indeed a change from what I was used to, given the leather sweatband and the unstructured bill. However, the quality of design and comfort of fit are still exactly what I have come to expect from EFF: impeccable! I encourage EFF to make more of its eight-panel hats available, and I would highly recommend this cap!
It’s hard to explain until you actually hold one of these in your hand the quality feel of the materials and the detailed construction. It almost feels custom-made. The customer service, too, was excellent. I had to do an exchange, and communication was quick and thorough.
I love it. Great fit.
I love this hat. The leather sweatband took a little getting used to but I like it way more that a standard now. It has a low crown, perfect! And the soft bill is actually pretty cool.