From Jesse Dukes at WBEZ.org on September 24, 2017, with mention of SABR member Rich Lindberg:
The current Chicago White Sox baseball cap — the black hat with the white-and-silver-trimmed diagonal S-O-X across the front — is well known outside the city, particularly in hip-hop culture. Case in point: the film Straight Outta Compton.
The 2015 biopic about the rap group N.W.A. begins with a drug deal gone bad. The character of Eazy-E avoids being robbed at gunpoint by escaping onto Los Angeles rooftops. All throughout that scene, he’s wearing a White Sox hat.
But, as baseball nerds and purists pointed out, Eazy-E is wearing the wrong White Sox hat. The scene takes place in 1986, but the actor playing the rapper sports the current White Sox hat. That hat in the movie didn’t exist back in 1986 — it was unveiled during the 1990 season.
Our questioner, Chris, read an article about the anachronism and found it fascinating. He’s not a big baseball fan — but he enjoys observing the intense rivalry between Cubs and White Sox fans — and he’s interested in design.
Originally published: September 26, 2017. Last Updated: September 26, 2017.