Snapback hats have made a huge comeback in recent years. But none more than in 2011 where even major sporting goods stores have been selling hats from manufacturers claiming “original snapback hat.” Snapback hats are now on the fashion scene and as mentioned above, the racks at major retailers across the country.
The history of the snapback hat is sparse at the moment. However, there are indications of a version of the snapback hat being around in the late 1800’s because of the non-uniform and wide array of hats used during baseball games. Early examples of hat styles included straw hats, boating caps, cycling hats, jockey caps and military headgear.
The Brooklyn Excelsiors first wore the baseball cap as we know it today and introduced it as part of an official uniform during the 1849 season. Fitted caps and snapback hats were both worn over the years in baseball as teams had the opportunity to change their look from year to year. It is unclear when uniformity across the league came to be stable.
The prominent hat-maker in the early 1900’s came to the owners of the Chicago Cubs in 1946 and sold the club on selling fans the same baseball caps the players wore on the field. Although the owners did not immediately buy into this concept, after the first and second runs of the baseball hats sold out immediately, the ground-work was laid for all Major League baseball and National Football League teams to sell official gear to fans.
Fashionable Snapback Hats
The athletic team-hat has taken many forms over the years from fitted, to crushed, to snapback, and mesh-back.
The original snapback hat maker started selling high fashion snapbacks in the late 80’s and controlled most of the more popular designs. Music icons such as Tupac Shakur, DrDre, Ice Cube and other hip-hop and rap musicians made snapback hats soar in popularity by wearing them in music videos, promotional pictures, concerts, and movies such as Poetic Justice and Boyz n the Hood.
Vintage Snapback Hats
Many original MLB snapback, NFL snapback, and NBA snapback hats have been brought back by manufacturers. The blockhead snapback, big block snapback, headline snapback, and nineties snapback styles are very popular. A snap steez snapback hat company will sell authentic vintage snapback hats from the 80’s and 90’s and also be able to find any snapback hat for which you might be looking.