Pacific Coast League, Padres

Capshot: San Diego Padres 1956 PCL Ebbets Field Flannels Cap

In a bit of a departure from my usual modus operandi of collecting New Era caps, this 1956 PCL Padres cap is an Ebbets Field Flannel creation.

Based out of Seattle, Ebbets Field Flannels focuses on recreating ballcaps and jerseys of the franchises of yesteryear. Their recreations help bring otherwise unattainable caps and jerseys into the modern age with touches of authenticity in their construction and look. Ebbets Field Flannels boast of their research and care put into each creation, and it shows in their products.

Of course, I can’t talk about a Padres Pacific Coast League cap without turning to the authority on all things Padres past. Good friend to the SD Cap Collectors and formidable collector in his own right Duane Harris of 90 Feet Of Perfection was kind enough to bestow some knowledge on this particular cap:

In the 32-year existence of the Pacific Coast League Padres, the team wore many different caps and uniforms. The constant uniform changes were not unique to the Padres either, as all the classic PCL teams seemed to change up their caps and uniforms quite often. With that said, the PCL Padres introduced a uniform in 1953 that included a white interlocking SD, on a navy blue cap, which is similar to the modern cap. The blue and white color scheme for the cap only lasted one season, as they added a red “D” in 1954, but the rest of the jersey and the interlocking SD logo lasted until the end of the PCL Padre era (1968). I’d assume that when the Padres “graduated” to the big leagues in 1969, they decided to keep the interlocking SD, because it’s simple, classy, and added an element of familiarity for baseball fans in San Diego, due to the PCL team using it for the past 16 seasons.
 
I don’t quite remember when Ebbets Field Flannels originally created the 1954-’68 red “D” cap, but if I were to guess, I’d say that it was early to mid-2000s, back when they still used leather sweatbands. When I saw they recreated the cap again this year, it caught me off guard, as I do seem to remember someone at Ebbets telling me at one point that they would not do an interlocking SD again. I’m not sure why I was told this, but I assume it has something to licensing and MLB.
Let’s take a look at this piece of the past, shall we?
195620padres20front
Navy crown, brim and squatcho
White and red interlocking SD
The interlocking SD should be familiar to many of you, as the team adopted the same logo (albeit with a different color) for their inaugural 1969 season. This cap is constructed in a felt material that is soft to the touch. You’ll also notice that the front of the cap is not rigid; I presume ballcaps of this era did not feature a rigid buckram behind the front panels.
195620padres20back
The rear of the cap is without adornment.
195620padres20under
The underneath of this cap features a retro green underbrim with a surprise detail; it’s silk. White silk also makes up the inner taping and a black cloth sweatband completes the cap. Should you be interested in your own version of an EFF cap, I personally recommend sizing up if you boast a large skull; my example is a 7 3/4 and fits just perfectly. Because of the vintage qualities of these caps, they run a bit shallower than a normal New Era cap. Your mileage will vary.
195620padres20tags
Another great detail of Ebbets Field products is that they are produced here in the USA.

Cap Availability Status: Discontinued

EFF generally only makes one run of their products before they’re relegated to being a collector’s item, and this cap is no different. As of this writing, EFF only has the absolute largest sizes of this particular cap. I recommend giving Ebbets Field Flannels a follow on Twitter if you want to stay informed on their latest releases.

My thanks once again to Duane Harris for his help and support of the SD Cap Collectors. I personally suggest following him on Twitter @duaneharris19 and visiting his site full of baseball photos of the past: 90 Feet Of Perfection.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s