I have spent the past several weeks researching the Angels cap history and it proved to be rather interesting. If I am missing anything email me and I'll add it in. Response may be slow since I will be out of town until Monday. Ironically enough, I will be in Anaheim. A special thanks goes to Rob Loeffler and his website "Rob L's Baseball Memorabilia (http://loefflerrd.webs.com/angelsgameusedmem.htm)". Let's go!
1961 - 1964
The first Angels cap. The team used Tim McAuliffe/KM Pro caps. I have seen New Era versions but I don't think any were ever used by the team. I *believe* I have seen versions without a halo. 100% accurate reproductions were later made by Roman and Mitchell & Ness, with American Needle offering their own version presently. I'm sure New Era has made them at one time or another but I have been unable to find one.
1965 - 1970
The team stuck with using Tim McAuliffe/KM Pro caps, with some being Leslie/KM Pro caps. This is the only Leslie/KM Cap that I have ever seen. There are New Era versions but again I don't think any were ever used by the team. There is indeed versions without a halo, I'm not sure when they were used but my guess it was in the later years. 100% accurate reproductions were later made by Roman, and just like the previous cap American Needle is offering their own version presently and I'm sure New Era has made them at one time or another but I have been unable to find one.
Tim McAuliffe/KM Pro Version
Tim McAuliffe/KM Pro Version interior
Leslie/KM Pro Version interior tags
New Era Version
New Era Version interior
This one year style was again made by KM Pro (now sans the Tim McAuliffe name). I don't recall seeing a New Era version but I'm sure they exist. 100% accurate reproductions were later made by Roman, with American Needle and New Era offering their own versions presently.
Tim McAuliffe/KM Pro Version
Current New Era reproduction
1972 - 1988
There are many variations to this style. KM Pro made these caps probably until the mid 70s when they went out of business, but the switch to New Era may have been made earlier. New Era appears to have been the main supplier from then on. Sports Specialties and I *believe* Roman made on-field versions but I'm not sure if the team used them at all. 100% accurate reproductions were later made by Roman, with American Needle and New Era offering their own versions presently. There are some interesting differences between the New Era on-field versions. Some appear to have the older, smaller/narrower visors. A 70s new Era version I personally own has the regular size visor. A 1985 - 1986 Bobby Grich game used cap shows that the cap has similar traits to the "snapback" cap's interior design (narrow visor, no lining around the sweatband, and sheer white taping instead of satin).
KM Pro Version
KM Pro Version interior
New Era Version 1, 1975 game used by Nolan Ryan
New Era Version 2, mid/late 1970s from my personal collection
New Era Version 2 interior tags, mid/late 1970s from my personal collection
New Era Version 3 (notice the different embroidery texture), 1983 or 1984 style (game used)
New Era Version 4, 1985 to 1987 style (game used)
New Era Version 4(b), 1985 to 1987 style (game used)
New Era Version 5, 1988 Diamond Collection version from my personal collection
New Era Version 5 interior, 1988 Diamond Collection version from my personal collection
Current New Era reproduction (notice embroidery is 100% identical to the 1985 - 1987 version)
1989 - 1992
Most people don't notice the change in the logo between 1972 and 1992 but the 1990 - 1992 variation has a more fatter, stretched out logo. New Era and Sports Specialties made on-field versions but it appears New Era caps were used most of the time. New Era offers their own version presently, and since it has a logo that was created in the relatively recent past, the reproductions are 100% accurate. Original versions are abundant on eBay.
1993 - 1996
These caps reminds me of my childhood. Remember the movie Angels In The Outfield? A movie with an all-star cast made before most of the cast were all-stars. New Era and Sports Specialties offered on-field versions. Sports Specialties caps would have only been used on-field in 1993 only. This was the first time the Angels had home and road caps. I owned a road version made by Sports Specialties during my childhood. I wish I had held onto it... 100% accurate reproductions are presently made by New Era, you just need to know where to look. Original versions are abundant on eBay.
New Era Home Version
New Era Road Version
1997 - 2001
I always though this was a rather striking logo but apparently not to many people liked it. There were home and "Alternate" versions. New Era of course made these and Sports Specialties *might* have made "unofficial" fitted versions that they made for a while in the mid-to-late 90s. 100% accurate reproductions are presently made by New Era, but again you need to know where to look.
2002 - Present
The first season the team wore their present design the won the World Series against the San Francisco Giants. Before all teams switched to polyester caps, the Angels experimented with black fabric under the visor, which is now commonplace. Retail versions had gray under the visor, I'm not sure if the caps with black were sold in retail.
2002 - 2005 style game used
2007 - Present version with sticker