There are some people synonymous with a certain fashion accessory. No one could ever wear one sequined glove again (not sure why they’d want to) and Pharrell will always be remembered for his famous Canadian mountie hat. Remember MC Hammer’s pants? Probably better than you remember any song by MC Hammer.
Just like one piece of fashion defined those people, so did the baseball hat define more than a few bros. That’s because hats are more than just headwear, they’re statements. With the MLB All-Star game just days away, it got us thinking about men who stand out from the rest. Just as MLB All-Stars stand out from the rest of the league, the bros in this piece stand out from their peers. It just happened to be coincidence both groups do it wearing MLB All-Star hat from New Era.
Here are seven bros who made the baseball cap famous while blazing their own trail to fame and notoriety.
A musician and film director, Durst spent his formative years playing in a number of local bands in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. In 1994, Durst broke out as the vocalist of the multi-platinum nu metal band Limp Bizkit and his headgear became a huge part of his persona. These days Durst is a best known for his independent films but the backwards cap wearing metal singer, one of the top 100 of all time according to Hit Parader, will always be associated with a baseball cap worn brim to the back.
Salvatore “Turtle” Assante is a childhood friend of Vincent Chance on Entourage. Turtle is Vincent’s driver, pseudo-house keeper and a lover of hats and hip-hop culture. For the first few seasons of the series, Turtle was never seen with a hat, making the Yankees hat more famous than a Yankee can. Speaking of…
Before he was a media mogul, and one of the richest celebs on Earth, Jay-Z was an up-and-coming rap star who brought the hip-hop culture to suburban white kids. His baseball cap, fresh-press polos and baggy jeans look became almost as famous as his lyrics. Eventually, Jay turned in his hats and jeans for suits but it’s hard to argue Jay-Z’s influence on clothing and culture.
In the days before he become Mr. Mila Kunis and played Steve Jobs, Kutcher rocked a cap in tons of media appearances and on his ground-breaking show Punkd. Trying to keep a low profile while trolling celebs, Kutcher hid behind the brim of his favorite caps waiting to pull back the curtain and embarrass the hell out of an unsuspecting celebrity.
As the former host of Dirty Jobs, and current host of Somebody’s Got To Do It, Rowe made the cap more popular than some of the terrible jobs he was forced to try. An entire segment of the show Dirty Jobs was dedicated to Mike’s many filthy hats and the host even shared how he keeps them clean.
LL Cool J
Think about the last time you saw LL Cool J without a hat on. Not counting appearances on hit TV shows. He even hosts awards shows with some type of cover on his crown. The ladies love cool James and cool James loves his hats.
It’s hard to picture Robinson, the man who broke MLB’s color barrier, without the Brooklyn Dodger hat on. The first African American to play in the major leagues in the modern era, Robinson broke the baseball color line when the Brooklyn Dodgers started him at first base on April 15, 1947. Every photo of Robinson in his blue Brooklyn hat stands as a symbol of freedom and a marker of how far this country has come.
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