In 1914, brothers Ike and Mike Katz opened two stores in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. As Katz Drug Stores grew into a chain across the Kansas City area, their attachment to the city allowed them to maintain and even grow business during The Great Depression. Each new store opening typically involved a gala-type celebration with entertainment and spotlights, like a Hollywood movie premiere. And as the business grew, so did the size and breadth of each store.
With such a presence in the city, the stores also sponsored a summertime ballclub in Kansas City’s Ban Johnson league that wore an unmistakable navy ballcap with the Katz Drug Store’s striking white cat logo.
Although the Ban Johnson League continues into its 91st season in 2017 as a summer league for collegiate and high school players, the Katz Drug Store chain merged with another chain in 1971 and lost its signature branding. However, even today, the Katz name is still famous to anyone in Kansas City old enough to remember it.
This is an authentic reproduction of the original 1961 Kansas City Katz ballcap. Hand-sewn from genuine wool baseball cloth. This cap is designed to replicate the original baseball caps and designed built to last a lifetime!
- Hand made in the USA
- Genuine navy wool broadcloth, Katz patch
- Standard visor with green satin under visor
- Vintage hair cloth backed buckram crown
- Satin taping with cotton sweatband
- Adjustable sizes come with a black leather strap and antiqued brass closure
League: Ban Johnson League