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Here’s the Phillies 2012 Stars & Stripes Hat (Minus any Stars & Stripes)

Dan Fuller - May 19, 2012


As has been the pattern since 2008, Major League Baseball will be using special hats for Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and September 11 as part of their "Stars & Stripes" program. Mixing the design up every year, they're actually eschewing the namesake "stars and stripes," replacing them with a digital camouflage pattern. (Let me say that I think it's the Army's "Universal Camouflage Program," but military uniforms are outside my uniform wheelhouse. In terms of straight-up trivia, I'd give the designers lots of credit if the camouflage pattern for the Blue Jays followed one of Canada's CADPAT designs or if the Padres used one of the US Marines' patterns instead of what I assume is the US Army's pattern, but it doesn't look like either is the case.)


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This year, thankfully, MLB says they will donate "ALL NET PROCEEDS" from sales of the hat to the Welcome Back Veterans fund (previously, Kyle gave MLB heat for the shamelessness of contributing only $1 from a $37 MSRP item in order to play the "for the troops" card).

The Stars & Stripes hats are made in China, unlike the normal on-field New Era hats which are made by folks you'd normally see when there's an aggressive Clint Eastwood voiceover talking about it being half-time or 7th Inning Stretch or Second Intermission in America. USA!

So… how do they look? In a word, ugly. Oddly, instead of just framing the camo pattern with the normal white of the "P," they added an extra blue stroke on top of the white to frame the camo. Odd (and unnecessary). With just red and (generally green) camo, I'm stretching, but you get a nice "Christmas comes to Winter's Bone" effect. Red+Blue+Camo? Nope. Looking through the rest of the league, they just look like dirty versions of the normal hats. Also, like the Phillies, other teams, such as the Blue Jays, have gotten vestigial strokes added to the design for some reason. 

For some positivity, a detail I've always liked on the Stars & Stripes hats is that they also drop-in the pattern in the "batterman" logo on the back of the hats, and they've continued that this year. 

Looking at the Phillies hats since 2008,  the 2009 hat is the best (being that it looks just like the normal hat, minus the red button on top) with the navy blue 2008 as runner-up. 2010 is hideous and 2011 looks missed the retro fad by about 4 years. For those interested in such things, the 2009/10/11 versions are easily found on ebay, but the 2008 hats are extremely rare (as in there hasn't been one on ebay in either hat size I can wear in the last 3 years). Last season,  I offered a middle aged man at a Phillies game $60 for the one he had one his head, and he even knew not to sell it. I am not proud of any part of this anecdote…

Anyone out there planning on buying one of these? If so, you can line Kyle's pockets by clicking this link to purchase.

Pictures via and the very cool, but not-updated-since-2o1o Fittedelphia, which chronicles Phillies hats made by New Era.

Here’s the Phillies 2011 Stars and Stripes Hat

Kyle Scott - May 11, 2011

For the fourth season in a row, MLB teams will wear Stars and Stripes caps on Memorial Day, 4th of July weekend, and 9/11.

Major League Baseball will donate a whopping $1 of their roughly $20 profit (I used to work on their site) on each hat sold to the Welcome Back Veterans fund.

The first year these hats were released, they were quickly put on backorder, as the blue design was unique and worked with most color schemes. Since then, they've released red, white, and now red and white versions. The second version – red – didn't sell nearly as well, and, thanks to New Era's MAP pricing, we had to come up with creative shipping discounts to move the hats. I'm guessing the white ones from last year suffered a similar fate. This year's version, with the red brim and backing, is a small improvement.

Want one? Here's a 10% code for you to use at the MLB Shop. Click this link and enter code vote2011 at checkout. It will take 10% off the order. A dollar will still go to Welcome Back Veterans.

Phillies New 2010 Stars and Stripes Hat and T-Shirt

Kyle Scott - May 27, 2010


As we reported earlier this month, the Phillies will be wearing the new 2010 MLB Stars and Stripes hat on Memorial Day, 4th of July weekend, and September 11th.

Like previous years, the hats are red, white, and blue.  MLB has also released a bunch of red, white, and blue t-shirts to go along with it.

That hats are finally back on sale (they sell out quickly) and we got you FREE SHIPPING on all of them with orders of $50 or more (the hat is $35, so another item with it takes you over $50).  Click here and enter code FREEDAD50 now thru May 31st to get free shipping on orders over $50 at Football Fanatics (yes, they sell apparel for all sports and ship very quickly).

These hats sell out fast, so if you are planning on getting one, I wouldn't wait.

Phillies to Unveil New 2010 Stars and Stripes Hat

Kyle Scott - May 9, 2010


Get FREE SHIPPING on the hat and stars and stripes t-shirts when you spend $50 or more, click here and enter code FREEDAD50 at checkout.  Shop now.

The MLB Shop is now selling the Phillies new 2010 Stars and Stripes hat.  Despite its appearance, it was not designed in 1990, but like previous years, it will presumably be worn on field on Memorial Day, over 4th of July Weekend, and on September 11th.

This year, the Stars and Stripes hats are white with a red brim.  [back view here]  These might work well with the home white jerseys, but since the Phils are on the road for all of the aforementioned dates, the Phillies will be wearing these exclusively with grey.  Uhh.  The hat itself isn't that bad, but MLB needs to revamp the design for next year, you can only force old faithful's colors into so many uniform designs.  Just imagine how the Giants will look with this hat.  Vomit. 

MLB debuted the hats in blue in 2008, and they were actually cool.  The navy blue worked very well with the Phillies uniforms, and the hats were constantly sold out on their website.  Last year the hats were red and didn't have the same pop.  Blue blends well with more colors than red, so for teams like the Mariners, last year's hats were frightening.

I actually worked for the MLB Shop, and while the blue hats in 2008 were constantly on backorder, we couldn't think of a clever enough way to get rid of the red ones.  You see, New Era wouldn't allow us to discount the hats, so we had to get clever with free shipping promos and gifts with purchase to move the rest of the hats.

Something tells me they are going to have the same problem with the white ones.

What do you think of this year's version?  Tell us in the comments.