South Side apparel items from more than two decades apart are featured in this lot of (2) game-worn Chicago White Sox caps. Includes:
Early-1960s Cap a blue wool accessory with “SOX” embroidered to the front center in white-on-red. The interior is lined with a thick canvas-like sweatband, which is home to a “Wilson” label and hand-drawn five-point star. On the bill’s underside, “37” is written in ballpoint. The latter identifier suggests that this cap was worn during a spring training session, as the club had switched from “Tim McAuliffe” to “Wilson” caps during the late-1950s and no White Sox player wore the number “37” from that period through the 1963 season (after which the team changed cap styles). Moderate wear is evident.
1982-1986 Road Cap a blue wool accessory with a red bill, “SOX” embroidered to the front center in white and a red button atop the six-point crown. The interior in lined with a leather sweatband, which is home to a “New Era” label, an MLB silhouette logo tag and a size “7-3/8” tag. On the bill’s underside, “40” is inscribed in black marker, suggesting that the cap was worn by Britt Burns (1982-1985) or either Bryan Clark/Joe Cowley (1986). Heavy wear is evident with perspiration-induced soiling throughout.