The 2019 Phillies Special Event Hat and Jersey Roundup

And they could all be a lot worse! For the last few years, it hasn’t been worth giving any grand pronouncements about the state of sport vs. merchandising (which was originally a discussion of sport and patriotism). These products come out every year, and I’m just an old man yelling at a cloud at this point. And new hats are always fun.

It’s not that bad!

We’ll start with the Stars and Stripes hat. Every year I think “What is possibly left?” And they always find something new. Here, instead of “what can we do with red, white, and blue,” we have the extraordinarily smart move to use a retro logo. And lots of points for picking the Whiz Kids era logo instead of the currently retro-chic 70s/80s logo. (“But Dan,” you say, “it could also be the 1934–37 logo.” It could be, but I think they’re going for the Whiz Kids. I like it. Even if it were the current logo, being that the new normal (note: it’s not new, we’re more than a decade into flag hats), it’s not that bad.


That’s a lot of hats. I still think 2008 is the best, with 2009, 2011, and the red 2018 being tied for second place. Notice that it’s now military-inspired/camouflage on Armed Forces day, not Memorial Day, which had been a (correct) concern about the accuracy of the civics of military symbology on Memorial Day for many of the previous designs, so give MLB credit for getting it right… assuming any of this is necessary for Armed Forces Day or Memorial Day. Memorial Day will be the normal hat with a patch over the left ear left chest on the jersey. Of note, other than jersey patches for some of the games, there are not special matching jerseys, unlike the last few years. That’s… another improvement.

Like the last few years, If you need a camouflage Phillies hat, it’s certainly a Phillies camouflage hat. These were worn last weekend against the Rockies.

Rounding out the year, we’ve got Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, All-Star Game, and Home Run Derby/All-Star Batting Practice hats.

Alright – blue and pink. That’s something. A trip down memory lane shows that this might be the best version of the Phillies hat with pink so far. Being a shade of red, these worked quite well with the away jerseys against the Royals. Previous years’ designs shown below.

Cloudy, tie-dye blue for Father’s Day? Uh… sure. I’ve gotten used to the Stars and Stripes and camouflage hats as being “real,” but the Mother’s Day and Father’s Day hats look like something you’d buy on the boardwalk.

All-Star Game

The red All-Star Game hat is great except for that wide, blue piping, and, for trivia’s sake, looks similar to the early 2000s Phillies batting practice hats with the stars next to the “P”. And the stars and that gold stroke around the “P” are gold. Nice.

All-Star Batting Practice/Home Run Derby

This one is the MLB being a few years late to the FauxHo-Rustic trend. Please don’t buy these. Heck, because the National League is black on (very) dark grey instead of the American League’s red on dark grey, you can’t even make out what’s on the hat. Blech.

Much more at Chris Creamer’s Sportslogos.net and thanks to Matt Breen who posted all of the images to Twitter.

If you found this interesting check out over nine years of articles like this one on this very website. After that, if you collected baseball cards in the 80s and early 90s (and don’t mind reading about teams that aren’t the Phillies), you may be interested in my baseball card project, The List of Fisk.

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8 Comments

  • The fabulous free birds May 25, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    I saw Kate Devlin at the cubs game today . Loved her hope both teams have fun shirt

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  • Bryce Harper is all hype and no substance May 25, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    0 – 4 with a walk for the 330 million dollar thief and yet lapdog Phillies fans continuously give trash Harper a pass.

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  • Morons May 26, 2019 at 12:27 am

    Trash are the people who boo the home team players because they still think it’s a Philly thing to do

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  • comment awaiting approval May 26, 2019 at 12:34 am

    Dan, i’m going to need to see some credentials if were reviewing camo flat brimmed baseball caps. Do you have any leg tats or rock a chin strap? Did you grow up in Delco, specifically in the Chichester-Marcus Hook area? If were going to rate this stuff then we should consult with some experts

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  • Crossing Bored Dresser May 26, 2019 at 6:38 am

    This post is so ghaay I suddenly feel compelled to go out and suck a dikk for the first time in my life.

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    • Berry face Ralph May 26, 2019 at 7:29 am

      Hey sailor.

      Reply
  • marty mcfly May 26, 2019 at 9:12 am

    Whoa, this is heavy.

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  • Artie nose knows May 26, 2019 at 9:32 am

    If you’re gonna get aids. Get Magic aids not Freddie Mercury aids.

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