Batting Helmet

Description (Brief)
For 23 years, Carl Yastrzemski wore the number 8 for the Boston Red Sox. Heir apparent to the great Ted Williams, “Yaz” as he was affectionately known, went on to become one of the greatest defensive left fielders of all time. His batting prowess earned him the Triple Crown in 1967 and he became the first American League player to achieve 400 home runs and 3000 hits. This batting helmet was retrofitted by Yastrzemski by cutting a hole in the right ear flap so he could hear the strike count more clearly but still be protected from close pitches. Batting helmets use this innovation today.
Object Name
helmet, batting
batting helmet
batting helmet, baseball
Date made
ca 1970s
associated person
Yastrzemski, Carl
associated institution
Boston Red Sox
American Baseball Cap Inc.
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
overall: 11 1/4 in x 7 1/2 in x 9 in; 28.575 cm x 19.05 cm x 22.86 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
National Treasures exhibit
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
National Treasures exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
Publication title
Treasures of American History online exhibition
Publication author
National Museum of American History
Publication URL

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