What fans miss when New Era and MLB use Stars and Stripes On-Field Hats
In 2008, Major League Baseball and the New Era Cap Company began honoring America’s Veterans by debuting the “Stars and Stripes On-Field Hat” on the July 4th weekend. In the first 2 years of the program all teams wore the same color hat with their logo emblazoned with an American flag for the 29 United States of America based teams and Canadian flag for the Toronto Blue Jays.
The colors of the American flag are red, white, and blue so Major League Baseball and New Era have very few options to produce hats for all 30 teams, so last season teams wore an all white hate with a either red or blue bill, and this season the hat was designed to include i white front patch with team logo and either blue or red backs and bill.
What most fans don’t realize is that because of the exclusivity contracts that all 4 major sports have signed in the past 10 years, teams are not allowed to have flexibility in what they wear on the field. Your purchase of one of these hats, helps Major League Baseball and New Era to make a donation to the Welcome Back Veterans Foundation. If you don’t want to buy the hat please use the following link to make a donation to this great organization (http://web.welcomebackveterans.org/index) . The veterans who are coming back from our latest war need all the help than they can receive on this side of the ocean, so if you don’t want to buy the hat I strongly advise you to make a donation, or keep your comments to yourself about the hats that honor our Servicemen and women.
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