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1950s Cincinnati Reds Experimental Cap

Lot Number 180

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Temporarily shelving its "Reds" nickname to avoid any possible association with Communism during the McCarthy era, Cincinnati's Major League Baseball franchise experimented in other areas, as well. The offered cap was issued to former skipper Birdie Tebbetts during his tenure (1954-1958) at the helm of the "Redlegs." A most unusual accessory, the item features a thick mesh crown, vinyl-covered bill and metallic sweatband. The club's "C" logo is sewn to the front in red satin twill. The color scheme matches that on Redlegs' caps worn starting in 1958. The sturdy bill is covered on the top with red vinyl and on its underside with green vinyl. The sweatband is a pliable metallic component. On the Bill's underside, Tebbetts (d.1999) has signed in black marker and inscribed "Cinci Xperimental (sic) Cap 1954-6." Accompanying is an LOA signed by Tebbetts.

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