A baseball cap is a type of soft cap with a rounded crown and a stiff peak projecting in front. Since the 1980s, varieties of the hat have become prevalent in the United States, . Both for utilitarian (protecting the eyes from the sun) and fashion accessory purposes.
Major and minor league baseball players wear classic-style cap made of wool with their team’s simple logo and colors.
Baseball caps are made of many types of material and shaped in various styles for different purposes. Major and minor league baseball players wear classic-style caps made of wool (or, more recently, polyester) with their team’s simple logo and colors; the logo is usually embroidered into the fabric. More recently there are brands that are using uncommon materials for snapback hats as for example wood brims.
Formerly, baseball caps only came in standard hat sizes. Since the early 1970s, they have also been available in a one-size-fits-all form, with an adjustment strap in the back. The style, commonly called snapback, has become increasingly popular as fashion accessories. Advances in textiles have led to the “stretch-fit” hat, which uses Lycra or rubber to allow a hat to have a fitted style while still being “adjustable” within sizes.
There are 4 major types of baseball caps:
- Snapback hat – (hat with a snap closure in the rear) with flat brim, high profile, adjustable.
- Adjustable hat – (hat with a velcro closure in the rear) unstructured, low profile, curved brim, adjustable.
- Fitted hat – curved or flat brim, structured cap, high profile, unadjustable.
- “Flexfit” hat – curved or flat brim, structured cap, high profile, adjustable by the use of elastic materials