This afternoon, my 9-year old son mentioned to me that one of his teammates on his travel team likes to wear his cap under his batting helmet. He thought this was sort of strange since no one else on his travel or Little League team did it.
I explained to him that, forty years ago, this practice was somewhat more customary. But, those who didn’t do it would very often put their baseball cap in the back pocket of their uniform pants (when not playing the field).
He thought this was crazy and asked “How the heck did you fit your baseball cap in your pocket?”
I shared with him, that back when I was a kid, as stupid as it sounds, we use to take the bill of the cap and fold it in half. And, then, we would insert the folded bill into our back pocket when batting and running – with the actual cap part hanging out of our pocket. But, then, naturally, when we later wore our baseball caps, the bill would have a “V” shape to it, since we had it folded flat (to make it fit in our pocket).
For good measure, I closed with “In retrospect, we may have looked stupid. But, that’s what we did back then…and, it’s a lot better than the way you and all your doofus friends wear your caps now, with the brims flat, like a board.”
His response? “Heeey, we don’t look stupid!”
Yeah, neither did we, back in the early 1970′s…