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St. Louis Cardinals Caps History


1928-34

Pinstripes are dropped, piping remains. Home caps are white, road grey.

Rawlings

1936-39

Single red piping changes to double red. Home caps are white, road caps grey.

Rawlings

1940

The logo is added to the caps which turn blue. The 1940 road cap had "ST.L" across in block for part of the year.

1941

ST.L cap dropped. New alternate cap has a cardinal logo (note - it's NOT standing on a bat which throwback capmakers invented in the 1980's). The HOF databse shows it worn in 1941 however I've seen it in photos from 1942.

Rawlings (home, road), Spalding (alternate)

1942

Alternate bird logo dropped.

Rawlings

This is a famous 1942 World series cap given by Manager Bill Southworth to his son who wore it in battle in WWII.

1943

Home caps have a white logo only in 1943.

1944-50

Embroidered logos have a slightly different shape.

Horace Partridge

Rawlings

Coane

Coane supplied caps in the late 1940's. The Dodgers were another customer.

Tim McAuliffe by Leslie

The logo on McAuliffe caps has a tapered top to the "L" rather than a flat bar, and the tip points up at a steep angle.

1951-52

Home caps have red visors, road caps blue visors.

Rawlings

1953-55

Red visors on both home and road caps.

Tim McAuliffe by Leslie

1956-62

Caps go all-navy and the logo gets a white outline.

Rawlings

1963

In 1963 the logo changes slightly as Harry Walker caps appear. The bottom tips of the "S" and "L" are smaller.

Harry Walker

1964

1964. The red cap debuts at home. Until late July or mid August, the logo is blue with white trim. The navy cap is worn on the road. I'm not certain if Harry Walker supplied red caps, anyone know?

New Era

Harry Walker

1965-68

Navy cap is retired. Red worn home and road.

New Era

1969-75

Some players like Joe Torre become early adopters of grey undervisors.

New Era

1976

Pillbox cap worn for some home games for the 1976 bicentennial.

New Era

Pillbox caps had both green and grey underbrims, like the regular caps.

1977

New Era

1978-91

By 1978, all caps have grey undervisors.

New Era

1992

The navy road cap returns. The undervisor is green. MLB logos are glued on back of caps in 1992, then embroidered later on that year.

New Era

1993-97

Sports Specialties

Sports Specialties caps are used around 1993. Undervisors turn grey.

Raised embroidery appears in 1996.

New Era

1998-99

Alternate cap debuts. The 1998 version has a red beak; The 1999 version did too, even though the birds on the jersey had their beaks return to yellow.

New Era

2000-06

Bird's beak on alternate cap changes to yellow.

New Era

2007-present

Caps go polyester with black undervisors.

In 2013 the red cap begins to be used on the road as well, more often than the navy.

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