Believe it or not, men’s snapback hats have had a long, extensive history that has been glossed over for centuries. However, we’ve combed through the internet and found where, when, and how men’s snapback hats came back into style full force and haven’t looked back ever since. With this being said, here’s a look at the history of men’s snapback hats.
It was the New York Kickerbockers who helped make hats a part of the baseball uniform. What was then known as a sports uniforms, the Kickerbockers wore straw hats before snapback hats were a thing – or invented. Although this may not be the first snapback hat, it did lay down the foundation for what was to come.
1858: Beginning of the Brim
In 1858 The Brooklyn Excelsiors (a baseball team) began wearing hats that had a short brim with a round crown. That’s right, this hat is known as the ancestor of what’s known today as the modern baseball snapback/cap. This team started a revolution in context of baseball uniform fashion, as teams around the country started wearing this type of hat.
The 1930s: Development of the Hat
As baseball started becoming more popular in the United States, an opportunity arose that proved to be a financial windfall. Baseball entrepreneurs decided to start hat companies, which led to the development of the 8 panel hat that was referred to as The Gatsby. The Gatsby was known for having a shorter brim than hats worn in the past.
1950s: The Beginning of the 6 Panel Snapback
In the early 1950s, the eight panel snapback hat slowly became the hat that just about every team had in baseball. However, it was in 1954 that the eight panel hat transformed into the six panel hat, which has since remained what we call a snapback hat today.
1980s-1990s: Snapbacks in Pop Culture
In the 1980s Hip Hop not only brought in new music that would dominate the airwaves for decades, but it also brought forward fashion that was easily attainable for anyone to get their hands on. In addition to making songs about sports brand outfits, Run-D.M.C. made snapbacks hats something great to wear as one walked around with their large, portable radio.
It’s worth mentioning that snapback hat popularity only went up from the 1980s, as shows such as Fresh Prince of Bel Air confirmed that snapback hats were part of everyday fashion. More Hip Hop musicians wore snapback hats, which proved that snapback hats were here to stay.
Riding the tide of popularity for over fifty years, it should come as no surprise that men’s snapback hats have remained a staple in modern fashion. Whether yesterday, today, or tomorrow, it’s safe to say that men’s snapback hats are not going fade out of the public in our lifetimes.