The Top MLB Hats for Summer 2022
As the Major League Baseball season enters what is going to be an amazing summer, fans are looking for any way to show support for their favorite team. One of the most popular ways to do so is by wearing a throwback hat of their team's past. CapBeast sports a wealth of throwback MLB hats to choose from to shape that look.
Here are some of the best throwback MLB hats that will be sure to make summer 2022 a memorable one.
History of Major League Baseball and MLB hats
The origins of Major League Baseball can be traced back to the 1869 professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings. This was the first all-professional baseball team and soon other teams began to follow suit. In 1876, the National League was founded, and in 1901, the American League was established. The two leagues began meeting in the World Series in 1903 and the rest is history.
Throughout the years, MLB hats have been worn by players and fans alike as a way to show support for their team. Early MLB hats were simply made of wool with a brim that helped protect players from the sun. In the 1940s, "snapback" caps were introduced and quickly became popular among players and fans. These caps had a plastic strap on the back that could be adjusted to fit any head size.
The modern MLB hat is made of a variety of materials, including wool, cotton, and polyester. The brim is typically made of plastic or metal and is either flat or curved. The hats are also decorated with the team's logo and colors.
What are throwback styles and why are they popular again
Throwback styles are simply clothing, footwear, or accessories that are designed to imitate the style of a previous era.
They can be exact replicas of a past style or they can be modern interpretations of that style.
Why are throwback styles popular again?
There are a few reasons why throwback styles have become popular again in recent years.
MLB throwback hats are a great way to show your support for your team while also paying tribute to the history of the game. These hats are often more affordable than modern MLB hats and can be found at a variety of online and offline retailers.
First, many people enjoy the nostalgia associated with these styles. Wearing a throwback style can transport you back to a simpler time in your life. Second, throwback styles often have a more timeless quality than contemporary styles. This is because they are not influenced by current trends.
What are the best MLB throwback hats?
The best throwback MLB hats are those that accurately recreate the style of a past era. For example, the New Era 59Fifty Retro Crown hat is an exact replica of the hat worn by Major League Baseball players in the early 1900s. This hat is made of 100% wool and has a flat brim. It is decorated with the team's logo and colors.
What are the best throwbacks for Summer 2022?
Considering professional baseball dates back nearly 150 years, the range of iconic throwback hats is almost endless.
From the original OG, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, to the 20th-century behemoth in the New York Yankees to the relatively younger franchises such as the Montreal Expos or Milwaukee Brewers or San Diego Padres, who used their newness to make an everlasting splash with their logos, there are plenty of iconic looks to choose from.
Here are our top throwback looks:
New York Yankees
"Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio?
Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you."
-- From "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon and Garfunkel, 1968
It's that quintessential moment that reminds you how ingrained the dominant Yankees were in America's psyche that a pop culture hit such as "Mrs. Robinson" would harken to what the image of Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio and the Yankees meant to a certain generation. The graceful way he played was emblematic of the Yankees' hold on the spot and pop culture at large.
The Yankees are the most successful franchise in baseball history, and their iconic hat is a big part of that. The classic, simple design is recognizable anywhere, and it's a great way to show your support for the team.
The Yankees have a long history of success, dating back to their first World Series win in 1923. Since then, they've won 27 World Series titles.
Their iconic hat -- with the white NY stitched onto the midnight blue canvas -- is a big part of the success of their brand, and it's become one of the most popular hats in baseball.
Just imagine the stars who have graced the Bronx diamond over the years -- Babe Ruth, DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Derek Jeter, and Alex Rodriguez among them. These players epitomized what it was to be a Yankee on and off the field.
Its retro feel is helped by cultural giants Jay-Z and Spike Lee consistently wearing Yankee hats.
The '47 Brand Clean Up adjustable hat is the classic throwback that reminds us of that bygone era. The curved brim and raised embroidered look of the logo really give that mix of now and then.
One of the most sought-after throwbacks looks continues to be the bold look of the Montreal Expos, a team that ceased to play in Montreal and be called the Expos in 2004.
The team was founded as an expansion franchise in 1969, was inspired by the World's Fair held in Montreal (Expo '67), and played its home games at Olympic Stadium.
The team's primary colors were red, white, and blue, and their logo featured a stylized letter "M" with an interlocking "E" and "P".
The team was mildly successful but made the playoffs just once in its 35 years in Montreal. It was also home to some of the greatest players in baseball history, including Hall of Famers Pedro Martinez, Gary Carter, and Andre Dawson.
The '47 Brand MVP adjustable cap is a worthy throwback to the Expos' glory days. It features the team's classic colors and logo, as well as a fitted design that makes it perfect for wearing to the ballpark.
The 2021 World Series champion Atlanta Braves have seen their storied franchise of nearly 150 years move from Boston to Milwaukee to Atlanta and bring their different looks along with them.
With Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Warren Spahn, and Chipper Jones among the best ever to wear the blue, red and white Braves colors, there's a time and fit for every fan of this franchise.
That's why we like that 1972 Cooperstown Clean Up Cap from '47 Brand. It provides the retro look of the lower case red "a" against the blue backdrop on the MLB, which is so reminiscent of Hammerin' Hank and his epic chase of Babe Ruth's career home-run record during that period.
Did you know?
Ruth -- the Great Bambino and Sultan of Swat himself -- finished his career in a Braves uniform in 1935. Aaron would close out his tenure as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers in 1976.
When the Florida Marlins splashed onto the baseball scene in the early 1990s, their main color of teal with a silver Marlin leaping out of a blue and orange circle, with white lettering as their logo, was a hit in South Florida and around the league.
It also helped the franchise that it won two World Series titles in its first 11 years of existence -- 1997 and 2003.
When they rebranded to the Miami Marlins -- after the city financed a new stadium for them -- they changed the look a bit with even some Miami Vice inspiration. All that did was make the original teal caps that much more in demand.
The '47 Brand Cooperstown Cap gives that relatively new traditional style an even better feel for nostalgic fans and new fans of the Fish alike.
There's something about a throwback hat that just brings the nostalgia of baseball's storied past to the present. Whether it's the classic look of the Yankees or the bold design of the Montreal Expos, these hats are sure to be a hit with fans this summer. So show your support for your favorite team and sport one of these great throwback hats from the CapBeast collection all season long.