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  • Originally posted by aqib View Post
    Has anyone else noticed that some of the current Red Sox caps (I say some becuase every team seems to need 15 caps these days) look a lot like the old Brooklyn caps. I saw someone a couple of weeks ago and I thought he was wearing a Dodger cap, from 10 feet away the B was very close and it was a similar shade of blue.
    I agree. Not only do MLB teams nowadays have MANY different caps (home, away, batting practice, etc.), but most companies make caps to their own specs, therefore "ruining" the style(s). Although these caps are all "licensed" by MLB, they are NOT all "correct" in style/color. MLB doesn't care, as long as they get their "cut" ($$). Don't ever be fooled by the tag which states "officially licensed by MLB" on caps or jerseys..........this means very little.
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    • Originally posted by penncentralpete View Post
      I agree. Not only do MLB teams nowadays have MANY different caps (home, away, batting practice, etc.), but most companies make caps to their own specs, therefore "ruining" the style(s). Although these caps are all "licensed" by MLB, they are NOT all "correct" in style/color. MLB doesn't care, as long as they get their "cut" ($$). Don't ever be fooled by the tag which states "officially licensed by MLB" on caps or jerseys..........this means very little.
      As a Jays fan I was ticked off when they changed their caps and (whole uniforms) 3 years after winning the World Series (the jerseys grew on me but I hated the caps) then they had an alternative cap that was tolerable, but a couple of years ago they junked everything, but still bring back the classic stuff for Friday night home games so that they can have throw backs.

      I get that we need to have 18 different uniform combos to boost marketing revenues but the Boston hat bothered me. The Sox have their own tradition don't try and steal from another one.

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      • Like you all, I am a student of Brooklyn caps. I am convinced that the flanges on the left side of the "B" were "straightened out" a bit by 1955. (Earlier, they were bent over more.) There are no really good reproductions (of the '55 caps) that I have ever found. I do have an excellent 1938 reproduction (by Roman Caps--no longer made). A good '55 pic is found at: http://www.robertedwardauctions.com/...31.html#photos

        Personally, I would like Twins Enterprises to make a '55 "Franchise" cap--with the accurate "B," and with "1955" on the back.

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        • Originally posted by BornthedaythebumswontheWS View Post
          Like you all, I am a student of Brooklyn caps. I am convinced that the flanges on the left side of the "B" were "straightened out" a bit by 1955. (Earlier, they were bent over more.) There are no really good reproductions (of the '55 caps) that I have ever found. I do have an excellent 1938 reproduction (by Roman Caps--no longer made). A good '55 pic is found at: http://www.robertedwardauctions.com/...31.html#photos

          Personally, I would like Twins Enterprises to make a '55 "Franchise" cap--with the accurate "B," and with "1955" on the back.
          In my humble opinion, this cap would be a poor choice to replicate exactly. The Brooklyn Dodgers only played 2 years (1955 and 1956) with no opening (diamond cut-out) in the left hand portion of the "B"..........Many years they wore the caps with the cut out.
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          • Good point. I didn't realize that about the two year hiatus (with no "diamond cut-out). Still, with '55 being such a great year--wouldn't it be neat to commemorate it?

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            • I like the Cooperstown Ballcap Co. product. The logos aren't exactly perfect - but weirdly, nobody really does that "B" just right. What makes the Cooperstown Ballcap hats nice is they match the original period product much more closely in construction and materials than anything else out there now. They sit on the head like the older hats did. All in all, the Cooperstown Ballcap product is acceptable. Nothing like the annoying Red Sox caps some companies put out in Royal Blue and White, which are then marketed as Brooklyn Dodger caps.

              The Cooperstown Ballcap "B" is sort of like a composite between the 1940s and late 50s logo. Only the most hard-core fanatic would know the difference... But, then again, this thread has gotten over 6,000 hits, so maybe demand is stronger than one would think.

              The Brooklyn Dodgers 1923 Ol'Boy Cooperstown Collection Hat from American Needle is nice. It's got 8 panel construction and is cut to the standard of that period. The "B" is pretty good, too. It isn't melton wool, but it really is a nice cap.

              There are people that do custom hats... If somebody wanted a perfect one made, it could be done... But would someone pay $100 or more for a perfect Brooklyn Dodgers cap?

              Would you?


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              • It's sad really........Roman Pro (way back when) used to produce an excellent "throwback" Brooklyn Dodgers cap, but they are gone. No one seems to be able to replicate that great cap nowadays.
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                • Originally posted by penncentralpete View Post
                  It's sad really........Roman Pro (way back when) used to produce an excellent "throwback" Brooklyn Dodgers cap, but they are gone. No one seems to be able to replicate that great cap nowadays.
                  Roman's "B" didn't really look anything like the one from the 1940s Dodgers caps. Compare and see. Nobody's really done a proper throwback of those.


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                  • This is my Roman Pro cap from years ago. The blue color has faded to purplish, but the "B" is good:
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                    • I suppose I could catagorize myself as somewhat of an expert on Brooklyn caps (only because I'm an old-timer). The above Roman Pro cap was (IMHO) better than the caps my Daddy started buying me at Ebbets Field and Roosevelt Stadium. My first Brooklyn cap was purchased for $1 at Ebbets Field in the summer of 1954 (I was turning eight).
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                      • My latest purchases leave something to be desired............
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                        • The diamond cut-out in the above cap is not a cut-out at all! It is a fill-in with blue thread!
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                          • This one is a little too "boxy"......the bulging portion (by the cut-out) ruins this cap:
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                            • Why can't some company get these *exactly* right?? There really IS a demand for *real* reproduction Brooklyn caps, as per this site: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpag...54C0A96F948260

                              It sounds like Cooperstown Caps are the closest.

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                              • We've been through this over 6,000 times, but no one seems to be able to get it "right"...........extremely frustrating for Brooklyn-geeks like me. I wear some Brooklyn throwback stuff mostly every day. I have uniforms, jackets, etc........all really cool, but the CAPS are always semi-cheezy.
                                you can take the Dodgers out of Brooklyn, but you can't take the Brooklyn out of the DODGERS
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