• Yankees Authentic Game Performance 59FIFTY On-Field Cap

    Posted by on March 28th, 2007 · Comments (5)


    USA Today recently had a feature on the new caps that players will be wearing this season. Here are the highlights of that report:

    Big-league caps traditionally have been made of 100% wool. The new caps, debuting opening day [2007], look just like the old ones despite being 100% polyester.

    MLB and its cap manufacturer, New Era, say the new fabric is designed to “wick” away sweat and evaporate it while reducing the stains, odor, shrinkage and fading that come with wool.

    In the old caps, the bottom of the brim was light gray. In the new caps, it is black, aimed at reducing glare. The cloth headband inside the cap, also advertised as new and improved for removing moisture, has gone from white to black.

    Wicking technology has been used in an array of sports apparel but “it’s new for us, and it was unique for us in that it’s headwear,” DeWaal says. “But the properties are similar to some of the other products that you see out there.”

    Howard Smith, senior vice president/licensing for MLB Properties, says the change is in keeping with Commissioner Bud Selig’s focus on “getting our athletes the best product we can.” MLB also was careful not to change the look.

    If you were planning on getting one of these new “Authentic Game Performance 59FIFTY On-Field” Yankees caps via an on-line purchase, there’s a way to do that and help support this blog at the same time.

    If you use this link to order your hat, WasWatching.com will be awarded a very small royalty as a result of your purchase. Yes, it’s only pennies per hat – but, if enough people use this link, then it will help support this blog (in the end).

    Thanks in advance for considering this option – if you were planning on getting a new Yankees cap this season.

    Comments on Yankees Authentic Game Performance 59FIFTY On-Field Cap

    1. March 29th, 2007 | 7:52 am

      ***In the old caps, the bottom of the brim was light gray. In the new caps, it is black, aimed at reducing glare.***

      And it also makes it nice and easy to hide pinetar and other illegal substances!

    2. MJ
      March 29th, 2007 | 10:08 am

      Reducing stains?! John Wetteland would NOT be in favor of that!

    3. Andy
      March 29th, 2007 | 2:57 pm

      Holy hell, it’s $32.

      Still, better $32 for one that might be moderately comfortable than $25 for one of those old heat traps. Who here has one? I want opinions.

    4. March 29th, 2007 | 4:08 pm

      I’ve always had the OTF cap – my current one is from 2003. And, I still have the one from before my current one, which I think is at least 6 years old – maybe older.

      These are the wool models.

      They’re fine for April, September and October. But, you’re right – you’re going to sweat with it in May, June, July and August. My older cap now is starting to look a little Wetteland-ish because of that.

      I’ve ordered one of the new ones. Once I get it, I’ll do a review of it.

    5. April 10th, 2007 | 5:36 pm

      Update: I did order one of the new hats. I ordered one sized 7 3/8. That’s my normal size. But, when I got the new hat, it seemed a little big.

      Now, I’ve recently lost a fair amount of weight. (About 25% of what I used to weigh.) So, maybe that was the reason? But, maybe the new hats also run a little big? I can’t say for sure.

      Still, I did have to return the cap. I’m going to order one that’s sized 7 1/4 now. Hopefully that will fit better.

      For the record, the hat did look good. It looked just like the wool model – but was lighter, etc. I’m looking forward to getting one that fits.

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