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.
Date made
ca 1970s
associated person
Yastrzemski, Carl
associated institution
Boston Red Sox
maker
American Baseball Cap Inc.
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
Measurements
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
1979.0540.01
accession number
1979.0540
catalog number
1979.0540.01
Credit Line
Carl Yastrzemski
subject
Baseball
Sports
Professional
Invention
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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