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History of the Baggy Cap

December 12, 2016


The Authoritative Origin of the Worlds Oldest Sports Cap


Much has rightly been written about the legend of the “Baggy Green” and its incredible place in Australian cricketing history. Justifiably as the steep history and tradition of the “Baggy Green” goes back well over 120 years. (visit our Much More section on our website to read about the “Baggy Green” legend)


What is much less known about however is the absolutely amazing history that the actual Baggy Cap has which dates back back well over 160 years.


At Baggy Caps, we have long been fascinated by this history...a history which leads us and other to possibly that the Baggy style of Cap is the most historically famous style of sporting headwear ever designed and manufactured. Indeed Baggy Caps is currently working closely with a number of historians from across the world and a major sports publishing company so as to eventually publish an authoritative opus on the subject. Because as we outline below...the humble Baggy Caps journey over the past 160 years is certainly captivating one (no pun intended).


BaggyCaps.com welcomes with open arms historians or fellow enthusiasts who may be able to add to the history outlined below.




Historical & Early Vintage Sports Headwear


Caps and hats and the every day wearing of headwear obviously has a history going back many millennia. In terms of organised sporting headwear, early depictions (pre photography) shows sports men and women wearing a variety and multitude of hat and cap styles.


Though one could debate the exact definition of a Baggy Cap...there can be little debate about the first recorded origins of what is clearly a Baggy style of Cap which was worn by sportsman dating back to the mid 1800's.


From the cricketing perspective, there is a wide array of recorded headwear worn by cricketers in the 1700 and 1800s. Early formalised cricket headwear from these periods predominantly appear to be what we now call or refer to as skull caps which is effectively a cap without peak. Whilst there is evidence of cricket caps with peaks being worn by cricketers in the early 1800s they appear to just be like caps worn by the every day gentleman of the period.



Earliest Recorded Origins of a Baggy Cap


Most people justifiably associate the Baggy Cap with the game of cricket...which was played all around the world in the 1800s.


There is however no doubt that from the historical perspective at least...this is a commonly held fallacy and a very inaccurate assumption, because there is no doubt the origins of the Bag