Friday, August 06, 2004


Baseball Caps Worn Backwards

Keith Burgess-Jackson rails against baseball caps worn backwards. As I have pointed out elsewhere, this custom has a long pedigree. The first stanza of "The Preacher's Boy" by American poet James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916) contains a description of a preacher's wayward son that includes the phrase "his cap-rim turned behind" (line 7). See The Complete Poetical Works of James Whitcomb Riley (Garden City: Garden City Publishing Co., 1941), p. 284.

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