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I call mine a "baseball hat" but would a real baseball player (esp. little league) call it a "hat" or a "cap"?

Can I get away with calling it a "baseball hat"?
#1 - December 06, 2011, 08:29 AM
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Wow, I don't know .. it's sort of interchangeable to me .. wonder if it's regional.
#2 - December 06, 2011, 08:37 AM
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Cap is a safe bet.
#3 - December 06, 2011, 09:44 AM

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My son has been playing Little League for three years and we say "hat."  I think "cap" is correct, but it's not what we (or anyone on his various teams) call it.  
Example:  "Everyone please write your name on the inside of your hat..."  
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FWIW, Google returns 20,100,000 results for "baseball cap" but only 4,980,000 results for "baseball hat." I've always heard it as "cap" myself.

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I've NEVER heard of it as a baseball hat - - except for the hard plastic, head-protecting, batting hats, which are "batting," not "baseball" -- so I'd guess that maybe it is sorta regional? (I'm near Karen, but a lot older.)
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*raises hand to meekly say that 8yo little leaguer and friends/coaches have never uttered the word "cap" when I've been around*

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#7 - December 06, 2011, 10:54 AM

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I know it's technically a cap, but around here in Philly, it's a hat. I bet a crusty, old-school coach would call it a cap and kids and dad-age coaches would call it a hat.

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I've never heard "baseball hat" ever.

#9 - December 06, 2011, 12:14 PM

My guess is it works like this. If I'm referring to a baseball cap/hat in the abstract, it's always cap.

i.e. "I'd love a baseball cap for Christmas." or "Men always look awesome in baseball caps" or "I need a Dillon Panthers baseball cap and I need one now"

But if my kid has one and needs to find it/write his name in it/not throw it under his bed it's "where's your hat?" or "don't forget you need your hat for practice"
Because kids wear "hats" they don't wear "caps"

Just my humble opinion.
#10 - December 06, 2011, 12:24 PM
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My guess is it works like this. If I'm referring to a baseball cap/hat in the abstract, it's always cap.

i.e. "I'd love a baseball cap for Christmas." or "Men always look awesome in baseball caps" or "I need a Dillon Panthers baseball cap and I need one now"

But if my kid has one and needs to find it/write his name in it/not throw it under his bed it's "where's your hat?" or "don't forget you need your hat for practice"
Because kids wear "hats" they don't wear "caps"

Just my humble opinion.

 :yup  Yes. Here too. I have a hard time imagining my son's coach saying "Okay, grab your caps and get on the field!"  He'd say hats.  But maybe that's just here too?
#11 - December 06, 2011, 01:19 PM

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I have zero practical experience to back this up, but this is more or less what I was thinking, too:

My guess is it works like this. If I'm referring to a baseball cap/hat in the abstract, it's always cap.

i.e. "I'd love a baseball cap for Christmas." or "Men always look awesome in baseball caps" or "I need a Dillon Panthers baseball cap and I need one now"

But if my kid has one and needs to find it/write his name in it/not throw it under his bed it's "where's your hat?" or "don't forget you need your hat for practice"
Because kids wear "hats" they don't wear "caps"

Just my humble opinion.

"Baseball cap" = familiar phrase to name said type of hat. "Hat" = practical everyday use thereof.
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When my sons played Little League, it was hat, but that was 20years ago. Things may have changed and it could be a matter of refional differences.
#13 - December 06, 2011, 05:23 PM

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My son plays Little League.  He says, "baseball hat," and I say, "baseball cap."  I think adults tend to say "cap," but if the phrase is being used by a child, you'd be okay with "hat."
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Thanks so much everyone! I spoke to my husband about it and he said people around here (New York) say "baseball hat". But he thinks "cap" is more of a technically correct term and was probably used more often back in the day.

Anyway, based on all your opinions, it seems like I have enough wiggle room to be able to use "hat". I'm using it as an end rhyme so I don't want to change it unless I absolutely have to. (Don't worry. I won't rhyme it with "cat". :) )

Thanks again!
#15 - December 06, 2011, 06:18 PM
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Maybe the terminology changed when people started wearing them for so many things besides baseball. When my husband and I grab a hat, it's always a baseball hat.
#16 - December 06, 2011, 06:22 PM

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