#Shortstops: Flap cap
Fortunately for baseball fans, the whims of the weather typically spare the World Series. Rain has, on occasion, forced a delay of game, but it had before never wreaked havoc like it did on Oct. 27, 2008.
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Eventually, for the first time in World Series history, the game was suspended until Wednesday night, due to worsening weather patterns. Play resumed on Oct. 29, with the Phillies batting in the bottom of the sixth. Philadelphia took the lead that inning, Baldelli tied it with a solo shot in the seventh, but a Pedro Feliz single gave the Phillies what would prove to be the winning run.
Among the artifacts in the Museum’s collection from this Fall Classic is the ear-flap cap worn by Maddon, which helps to tell the story of the memorable Game 5 experience.
The physical benefits of the ear-flap cap were not to be denied, but public opinion on their style, or lack thereof, was mixed. Some called for the fashion police, while others deemed it a “hip new look.”
Through it all, Maddon remained unflappable.
“You know what, that doesn’t bother me at all,” Maddon said, when told of the naysayers. “I’m flattered to be compared to Elmer Fudd. He’s an iconic figure.”
Isabelle Minasian is the digital content specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum