The evolution of MLB's July 4 caps

Originally Published: July 2, 2013
By Paul Lukas | ESPN.com

Thursday is Independence Day, which means MLB teams will once again be wearing stars-and-stripes caps. You can see this year's crop of caps here.

The use of flag-based cap imagery on July 4 began during the 2002 season as a response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Some fans view the caps as a worthy gesture of patriotism; others see them as just another way for MLB to sell more merchandise (although it's worth noting that MLB has donated proceeds from the cap sales ...

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