The Throwback Ball Cap

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Photograph by Michael Pirrocco

If you watched spring training in Florida or Arizona this year, you no doubt witnessed the debut of New Era’s MLB Diamond Era Collection 59FIFTY Caps. They took to the field just as this season’s biggest storylines were unfolding, from closer-of-the-century Mariano Rivera’s retirement announcement to newly minted Angel Josh Hamilton’s slam of his former club, the Texas Rangers. Come opening day, these handsome hats will be worn for batting practice and select games by all 30 clubs.

As Major League Baseball’s longstanding milliner – New Era made its debut in 1934 – the Buffalo-based company has a reputation for bringing it when it comes to performance. The Diamond Caps deliver in that department with breathable fabric that wicks away moisture and boasts 50+ UV protection.

We’re particularly drawn to the seven teams – the Orioles, Reds, Rockies, Astros, Mets, Rays, and Brewers – that were honored with throwback looks that haven’t seen the field of play in decades. That means, for Cincinnati fans, options like Mr. Redlegs (pictured), the team’s 1950s-era mustachioed mascot. Invest in one for 2013, because your grimy topper could use a refresh (and, if you’re superstitious, then remember – the one you’ve been wearing hasn’t helped your boys reach the World Series yet). [$35;]

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