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I wish the Cardinals would keep their navy caps in play

I really wish the Cardinals would reconsider their plans to phase out the navy road cap.

Team President Bill DeWitt III told me the decision was made to wear red caps on the road for most games because some fans had complained the Cardinals don't have enough red in their road uniforms.

But those people are being short sighted. The Cardinals have worn blue caps for much of their storied history. In fact, the greatest Cardinals player who has ever lived, Stan Musial, never wore a red cap in a game during his entire career.

Musial made his major league debut in 1941. From 1940 until 1963 St. Louis wore navy caps for all of their games with the all navy cap the Cardinals have worn on the road for the last decade and a half making its debut in 1956. Before that the club wore a navy cap with a red bill. It wasn't until 1964 that the current all red home cap was added to the uniform. In 1965, however, the Cardinals retired the navy road cap in favor of red until the 1990s.

The Cardinals sporadically wore red caps in first 20 years of the 20th century. But most of the time in that era they wore white caps at home and gray caps on the road. When the uniforms were standardized in the middle of the 20th century, it was a navy cap that was the look for St. Louis.

But don't take my word for it. It seems like the old style road uniforms with navy caps was good enough for Stan Musial, as can be seen in the picture to the right. It seems a shame that while other teams like Cleveland, Minnesota and Houston are moving toward nostalgic uniforms that the Redbirds -- one of the first teams to embrace its uniform history -- is distancing itself from the traditional look.

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