Saturday, July 31, 2010

Poll Results/That 70s Ballcap Blog

The results of the first Ballcap Blog poll "In what decade was your favorite ballcap used?" are in: We have a tie between the 1960s and 70s. However, because the 70s was in the lead for most of the time the poll was up, I have decided to make this next blog a tribute to the caps of the 70s.

"That 70s Ballcap Blog"

Let’s enjoy some of the more flashy, outlandish, and unforgettable ballcaps from the 1970s, shall we?


Feel free to crank up the volume and enjoy “That 70s Song (In The Street)” by Cheap Trick, which was the theme song for the sitcom “That 70s Show”, and enjoy the blog.


1971 saw the California Angles with this interesting one-year design.


Who could forget the "kelley green" caps of the Oakland A’s, the most dominating team of that decade?


I once saw an MLB commercial a few years back where someone said “If baseball can survive Astros uniforms, baseball can survive anything.” I guess they were right!


This Atlanta Braves cap was immortalized by Hank Aaron when he hit his 715th home run in 1974.


The Milwaukee Brewers added more color to their road uniforms by adding a yellow front panel to their caps.


The San Francisco giants wore more traditional-looking uniforms for most of the 70s and finally gave in to the more flamboyant designs and colors in 1977. By 1983, they had gone back to more plain uniforms.


Who could forget the Seattle Mariners plain, yet striking pitchfork logo?


The San Diego Padres bell caps were my favorites. But you knew that. ‘Nuff said…


In 1976 five National League clubs celebrated the “Senior Circuit’s” 100th anniversary by adopting the “Pillbox” caps. For the Pittsburgh Pirates it stuck, and they kept it for 10 years! It’s easily one of the most popular baseball caps of all time. Willie Stargell would award teammates with "Stargell Stars" on their caps for excellent plays on the field.


I love this Boston Red Sox cap. Who can forget Carlton Fisk’s dramatic home run in the 1975 World Series while wearing the helmet version of this cap?


I don’t have a clue why the White Sox shifted to red as their main color for a few years in the 70s. I have seen many people ignorant of this cap’s history call it a Red Sox cap. Gee, I wonder why?

What was your favorite 70s ballcap? Discuss in the comments!

7 comments:

  1. #1. The bleu blanc et rouge Expos cap!

    (as a kid and a young Expos fan, I always thought the cap said "elb" on the front for "Expos Le Baseball" or something like that)

    Awesome blog, btw!

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  2. I'm with tenprairiesticks!
    Les Expos de Montréal pinwheel cap is at the top of my list. Back in my youth days I had chance to go to Olympic stadium. Since then, I fell in love with the Expos cap from day one! The logo, the colors... ahh man!!
    I've read that the Expos cap was also the first pinwheel concept introduced into baseball? Is that confirmed??

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  3. Hmm... tough call. I still have one of those bright Popsicle-orange Astros caps -- I have a complete '76 'Stros uniform, in fact, which I've worn to work out on the Frontier League Normal CornBelters' home field. Love it -- perhaps because scientists say orange is an appetite stimulant. I also love the old Pirates caps from the EARLY '70s: That mustard-y gold. Especially since I've seen a few up close, and they were synthetic, like the famous pullover unis the Bucs pioneered.

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  4. Always dug the A's caps of the mid-70's. Then probably the Braves blue and white. I always wondered why the Braves' batting helmet had a white bill while their hats had a blue bill.

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  5. In the 70s and 80s there were a few teams that had batting helmets that didn't match their caps. Off the top of my head I can recall the Brewers, Twins, & Mariners were that way.

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  6. My father loves the San Diego Padres bell cap. Do you know where I could find one? I've been looking everywhere!

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