Baggy Green Caps
Baggy Caps began life in Australia as an alternative to the classic, English cricket cap, first appearing on the heads of Australian Test players in 1899.
Famous players like Don Bradman and Clarrie Grimmet’s cricket caps from the inter-war period have sold between $640 and $425,000 (Aus) – highest bid coming in 2003 for The Don’s 1948 Invincibles cap.
It was subsequently reported that each player on that tour was issued with two caps and that Bradman’s spare was donated to the South Australian State Library.
The real “magic” of the Baggy Green came to the fore when Mark Taylor took over the captaincy, and the tradition has been carried on by Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting.
Keith Miller’s baggy green cap from 1956 was sold ten years ago and the buyer soon offered it to Justin Langer, who was a fierce disciple of Waugh’s cult.
Allan Border’s baggy green cricket caps, along with Bodyline combatants from the thirties, have been highly sought after.
Greg Matthews’s baggy cap fetched Aus $45,000 but was then gifted back to him by the owner of Advanced Hair Studios following the sale – after all, Matthews was his advertising star!
Taylor is a staunch traditionalist and as such baulks at the notion of players selling their cricket caps, saying that it disappoints him that bit has become “a commercial item rather than a personal one”.
While quite a few famous Australian cricketers wore their Baggy Green, Doug Walters often swapped his cricket cap for a white, wide-brimmed “floppy” cricket hat.
In 1996, players were ceremonially handed their baggy cricket caps on debut, with the first recipients being Matthew Elliot and Michael Kasprowicz. Australia’s women now also receive their cricket caps in the same manner.
In recent years, it has become the done thing for all Aussies to wear the famous baggy cap for the first session in the field, while Glenn McGrath, in memory of his wife Jane, had pink baggies made for the Sydney Tests after she had passed.
One lovely story, which is perhaps the strangest, is that on the 1970’s tours to England, players would dash around London looking for a London Bobby willing to swap their iconic helmet for a baggy green cap. Walters, Jeff Thomson, Max Walker, Ashley Mallett, David Hookes and Alan Turner have all admitted to such a transaction, while Rodney Hogg has owned up to swopping his Baggy Green for a lapel ID number, together with baton and handcuffs.
English-Style Cricket Caps
English style cricket caps are soft, made of melton wool and typically have eight panels with a small crescent-style brim. They are tight fitting and are often elasticated at the rear to give a one-size fit, but they can be made specifically to fit specific head sizes.
The English style cricket cap is often worn as part of boys’ school uniforms in private schools in the United Kingdom, and also throughout the Commonwealth. But the cricket fraternity wear them to give a united front as a team with the club crest proudly embroidered on the front panel.
Baseball-Style Cricket Caps
The other style, which has become extremely popular in recent years, is the baseball cap, which is lighter (often cotton based) and has a Velcro style of loop attachment, so you only need to buy one size.
Plain colours are the most popular, but Cricket Direct can provide your cricket club with bespoke cricket caps, with different colour panels and hoops available. Make your team stand out from the crowd.
Cricket Sunhats, which became popular in the 1970s, started with the bucket style but have now moved on to the wide-brimmed style, which has become very popular and is worn by many famous cricketers over the last few decades, including Greg Chappell, Allan Border, Mark Waugh and most recently Stuart Broad
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