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Baseball Uniforms Through the Years

Catchers wearing caps turned backward under their face masks

Catchers wearing caps turned backward under their face masks
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Like hockey players, catchers have steadily disappeared under protective gear. In fact, the current catcher's helmet -- introduced in 1997 by Charlie O'Brien of the Blue Jays -- was based on the modern goalie mask with a head-encompassing fiberglass/Kevlar shell and attached wire cage. Some backstops, such as Joe Mauer, still wear the traditional mask, in use for more than a century, with a batting helmet turned backward as introduced by another Minnesota catcher, Earl Battey (pictured), in 1962.
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