The baseball cap is officially 50 years old this year. Prior to 1954,
players wore just about anything to protect their heads from the sun -
from straw boaters to jockey caps. That was until New Era introduced the
59Fifty in April 1954
2 George Bush's Thanksgiving Day visit to Iraq was
reported to have been the most secretive presidential trip in American
history. The brilliant disguises chosen by Bush and Condoleezza Rice,
his national security adviser, were baseball caps. Bush said: "I slipped on a baseball cap, pulled 'er down - as
did Condi. We looked like a normal couple."
A farmer in Minnesota, has the world's largest collection of baseball caps.
Bucky Legried reckons he'd need a wall a quarter of a mile long and
10ft high to display his 68,000 caps.
A man in Florida was shot in the head by his friend during a game of
'William Tell' they played whenever one of them bought a baseball cap. Randell Baker
shot Robert Callahan with a rifle while attempting to shoot the
button off the top of the cap worn by Callahan. Both men are in
Britney Spears opted for a pair of jeans and a baseball cap (some
say Von Dutch) when she was escorted
down the aisle to marry her childhood friend in Las Vegas.
also sported a baseball cap in her controversial video for
Everytime. No one knows for sure why
Britney chose the minor league
Birmingham Barons cap. She won't even tell the Barons.
Women in Columbus, Ohio eagerly await the arrest of the 'baseball
cap flasher'. The nutter jumps out on women wearing nothing but a
baseball cap. He then takes a souvenir photo of the victim as they
stand there in shock.
Back Catchers wore their caps
backwards so the peak did not get in the way of their protective face
masks. However, it was Ken Griffey Jr. of the
- a star outfielder - who started the backward trend, now popular
across the world.
The baseball cap is officially British life. In 2001 the baseball
cap became one of the 650 goods and services used to estimate
inflation in the monthly retail price survey.
A farmer in the US was crushed to death after diving under a moving
truck to get a beloved baseball cap which had been blown off his
After running up debts of almost £1billion at Barings Bank, Nick Leeson,
the world's most wanted man, tried to sneak past the authorities at
Frankfurt Airport under a baseball cap.
The world's most expensive baseball
cap used to belong to
Yankees legend, Lou Gehrig.
It sold for over £100,000 in 1999.