The filmmaker explains how he changed the history of headgear with a phone call
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I always enjoy wearing baseball caps. I got my first when I was six or seven years old. All the kids had them. Back in the day it really wasn’t a fashion thing, but now people wear the hats and it has nothing to do with sports.
I have been wearing baseball cap brand New Era for 50 years, but it was the 1996 World Series that changed the game. I had a red down jacket that had Yankees written on it in script and I wanted my Yankees cap to match. I called New Era, the official cap of Major League Baseball that the players wear on the field, to see if they could make me one. I wanted the official, official one. Up to that point you could only get the hats in the kit colours – it was not done in Major League Baseball to make any other colourways.