Winning an MVP, a Cy Young Award or a World Series title are awesome achievements, but nothing spells lasting success like election to Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Enshrinement in Cooperstown, having your name and face placed alongside history’s greatest ballplayers, is the greatest honor a baseball player can achieve. It means that your play—and your look—are timeless. Here are the four greats inducted in 2015, along with style cues you can take from each in order to give your cap game greater impact.
The man nicknamed The Big Unit certainly earned his moniker. Standing 6-foot-10 with wild shoulder-length hair, Johnson was the epitome of intimidation on the mound. And his stuff was even nastier than his visage. Johnson broke out with the Seattle Mariners in 1993, posting a 19-8 record with a whopping 308 strikeouts. He continued to blossom with Seattle, but he cemented his Hall of Fame status after signing with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 1999. There, he won four straight Cy Young Awards and went 21-6 during the team’s World Series-winning 2001 season. The success he achieved in the desert is what led him to rock the Diamondbacks “A” cap, a fitting look for Arizona’s ace.
STEAL RANDY’S STYLE: You can take the Big Unit with you thanks to a special edition cap from New Era. The Randy Johnson 59FIFTY features an embroidered red “A” on the front and Randy himself on the side. Get it here and watch opposing batters (or any other haters) cower in fear.
The fiery, outspoken Boston Red Sox ace first made his mark during the 1999 season with a record of 23-4 record and a ridiculously low ERA of 2.07, best in the league. He also struck out 313 batters. And as if that weren’t good enough, he dropped his ERA to an absurd 1.74 the following season. Martinez went on to become an eight-time All-Star, a three-time Cy Young Award winner and a 2004 World Series Champion. Although he also pitched for the Dodgers, Expos, Mets and Phillies, he is enshrined in the Hall wearing his iconic Red Sox cap with the “B” logo displayed front and center.
STEAL PEDRO’S STYLE: The Red Sox logo is as classic as the Hall itself, so you can’t miss with the original, authentic Boston cap. It’s an essential piece of headwear for any stylish fan, so get yours here.
A part of one of the greatest three-man rotations in baseball history, John Smoltz, along with Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, led the Atlanta Braves to 14 straight division titles from 1991 to 2005. Smoltz captured the Cy Young Award in 1996, when he went 24-8 with a 2.94 ERA and led the league in strikeouts. After undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2000, he became a closer, where he was just as nasty. In 2002, his first full season in the role, he set an NL record with 55 saves. Smoltz is featured wearing his Atlanta Braves cap with the cursive “A” across the front, appropriate for a man who spent all but one of his 20 seasons in the big leagues with the Braves.
STEAL JOHN’S STYLE: Smoltz probably didn’t need the moisture-absorbing sweatband inside the authentic Braves cap, because he was always cool on the mound. But you’ll probably find that feature makes the cap extra comfy, forming the perfect pair with the elegant logo. Get yours here.
When you think about the Houston Astros, chances are the image of Craig Biggio, crouched down at second base waiting to scoop up any ball hit his way, is the dominant one that comes to mind. In 20 years with the team, Biggio hit .281, jacked 291 home runs and stole 414 bases, a true do-everything player. A seven-time All-Star, he also won four Gold Gloves for his stellar defense at 2B. He’s the only player in MLB history with at least 3,000 hits, 600 doubles, 400 stolen bases and 250 home runs. Think about that for a minute. There was truly nothing Biggio couldn’t do. If he had been allowed to pitch, he probably would have racked up 1,000 strikeouts. Biggio enters the Hall wearing his Astros cap sporting the team’s “A” logo in the shape of a star.
STEAL CRAIG’S STYLE: Biggio’s Astros had some stellar seasons, but you can celebrate a new era of success in Houston by rocking the cap worn by today’s team. The Astros are on pace to make their first post-season appearance since 2005, so show your love with the star-plus-H cap.