MLB Caps Made For The Film "42"

 This is the first of two posts focusing on caps made for recent films. The next post will be on caps made for "Moneyball".

The MLB caps made for the Jackie Robinson film "42" were provided by "Sports Studio" and were manufactured under private label by California Custom Caps. Ebbets Field Flannels provided the Minor League and Negro League caps.

Despite the fact that most (if not all) of the logos back then were embroidered, many of the film's cap logos were felt. This was because the film's producers decided that they looked best on camera. Despite the felt logos, the caps were very well made and are historically accurate in other respects. The wool fabric looks correct for the era, and satin taping and leather sweatbands were used. The caps are extremely similar in look and construction to Ebbets Field Flannels caps. I believe that if EFF was ever allowed to make MLB caps, this is exactly what they would look like, only with the satin undervisors that EFF is known for. It's a damn shame that historically accurate MLB caps such as these have not been available in retail in quite some time. The caps may become available in the not-too-distant future if they are sold at a Hollywood wardrobe auction. I'll definitley be on the lookout for them.


  1. Great post! Those are some nice looking caps (despite the incorrect felt logo material). Wouldn't it be great if EFF got the contract to make MLB on-fields? Love New Era, but maybe they've gotten just a little too big.

  2. Great article! Those things are gorgeous, aren't they? BTW, I believe the Boston Braves caps are historically accurate with the sewn-on felt "B." The others, not quite sure. I believe the Reds were embroidered, as were the Pirates.

  3. I believe that they are all accurate except for the Brooklyn hat which is felt because it shows up on camera better. The logos are also bigger than the original ones to show up on camera better. Some teams did even use sewed on embroidered patches back then including the Yankees and Dodgers.

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