The 10 Most Gang Affiliated Hats in Sports

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This list may have you rethinking some of the hats you wear out or at least where you wear them.

The baseball cap is one of the most popular ways to show one’s love for a sports team. This seemingly subtle bit of accoutrement is a clear sign of loyalty for a team that is slightly more involved than that of the casual fan.

Gang members, however, aren’t exactly pronouncing their loyalty to a team when they rock one of these babies. In their eyes, the team logo on the crest of the cap has little to do with sports and everything to do with repping a set. Some of America’s most notorious gangs have claimed sports team logos to signify who they roll with and often who they will die for. So without further ado…

10. Seattle Mariners

Worn by: The Crips (specifically L.A.’s Rollin’ 60’s)

Reasoning: The Rollin’ 60’s Crip set prefers the Mariners shade of blue, as well as the “S” (for sixty) logo.

9. Oakland A’s

Worn by: Almighty Ambrose Nation (Chicago), Orchestra Albany (Chicago), Spanish Cobras (Chicago)

Reasoning: The Athletics’ “A” represents Ambrose and Albany, while the team’s green matches the Spanish Cobras’ colors.

8. Georgetown Hoyas

Worn by: Folk Nation (Chicago), Gangster Disciples (Chicago), Black Disciples (Chicago)

Reasoning: “Hoyas,” acting as an acronym for “Hoover’s On Your Ass,” pays homage to Gangster Disciples founder Larry Hoover. Hoover also organized the all-encompassing Folk Nation, which includes the Black Disciples, among other Chicago-area gangs.

7. Minnesota Twins

Worn by: Maniac Latin Disciples (Chicago), Crenshaw Mafia Gangsters (L.A.)

Reasoning: The “M” logo stands for “Maniac” and “Mafia” for these two gangs.

6. San Francisco 49ers

Worn by: Norteños (Northern California), Stoned Freaks (Chicago)

Reasoning: The 49ers’ red and gold is representative of northern California’s Norteños. The interlocking “SF” logo is supposed to disrespect rival southern gangs, as the Norteños commonly refer to them as “scraps” or “sewer rats.” The “SF” also stands for Chicago’s “Stoned Freaks.”

5. Pittsburgh Pirates

Worn by: Latin Kings (Chicago, New York), Piru Bloods (L.A.)

Reasoning: Black and gold Yankee hats used to be a staple among the Latin Kings but recently the Pittsburgh Pirate fitted has become more prominent. The “P” logo makes an obvious match for L.A.’s Piru Bloods.

4. Houston Astros

Worn by: People Nation (Chicago), Folk Nation (Chicago), The Bloods (L.A.), Hoover Criminals (L.A.), Puro Tango Blast (Houston)

Reasoning: People Nation reps the Astros because of the team’s five-star pointed logo—a star which also symbolizes the gang. Rival Folk Nation (their main symbol is the Star of David, which has six points) also takes to the Astros’ logo, because the star is broken, which is a dig at People Nation. Thankfully for these gangs, New Era makes different colorways of the hat—Folk Nation takes to the blue hued iterations, eschewing any confusion over who’s who. The Hoover Criminals have adopted the retro version of the hat, which features a distinctive and Hoover-worthy “H” in Old Western typeface. Puro Tango Blast naturally takes to the hat because of the hometown Houston affiliation, and the modern scarlet colored Astros hat plays into the Bloods’ red colors.

3. Chicago Bulls

Worn by: The Bloods (nationwide), Black Peace Stone Nation (Chicago), Vice Lords (Chicago), People Nation (Chicago), Mickey Cobras (Chicago)

Reasoning: Peace Stone Nation and the Bloods got creative with their acronym game here, with “Bulls” standing for “Boy U Look Like Stone,” and “Bloods Usually Live Life Strong/Smart.” Mickey Cobras, People Nation, and the Vice Lords all endorse the red and black color scheme of the Bulls.

2. Cincinnati Reds

Worn by: The Bloods (specifically L.A.’s Cedar Block Piru)

Reasoning: Despite popular thinking, the Bloods’ usage of the Reds hat isn’t that widespread. Popularized by Lil Wayne and his Bloods’ sympathies (he raps “I’m a grown ass Blood, stop playin with me” on “It’s Good”), and also The Game (who’s from L.A.), the hat became a universal identifier of the Bloods, but that wasn’t necessarily the case in practice. In reality, the Reds hat and the “C” logo is limited to the L.A.’s Cedar Block Piru set of Bloods.

1. Los Angeles Dodgers

Worn by: The Crips (L.A.), Sureños (Southern California), Latin Aspects (nationwide), Gangster Disicples (Chicago)

Reasoning: The Crips and Sureños are all about Dodger blue. The interlocking “LA” makes the hat the perfect choice for Latin Aspects, and the Dodger “D” emblazoned version of the hat makes it a Gangster Disicples selection.

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  • Lalo Calles

    “1. Los Angeles Dodgers” You are missing something there!! You forgot to say how the Sureños refer to Norteños. Sureños refer to them as Chaps (Chapetes), Busters, Estrellas, Lame Farmeras, Nortontos, etc. (There are more, but those are the main ones). It’s not fair that you are stating how Norteños disrespect Sureños, but not the opposite way.

  • Ursus_Indomitus

    Wouldn’t that be N for NIGGA?

  • Ursus_Indomitus

    ALL raiders fans are thug morons. The logo is therefore moot.

  • Ursus_Indomitus

    Gangs and gangsters MUST DIE.

  • T.

    Right

  • Dexter Adams

    ???

  • Larry Craig

    Now, there’s a good show of the difference between human beings and Jesus!
    Laughable ! Human beings can be so stupid ! Go to church people….You take your stupid hat off in church !

  • tmak0813

    You left out the Phillies hat

  • Cloudy

    Wtf where is the Kansas City Royals?

  • rOOSEY rEESEY ROWSKI

    Chicago doesn’t have any gangs.

  • The Rocker aka The Unforeseen

    Apes.

  • Dexter Adams

    Good one to add to the list bro.

  • Dean Berlyn

    The site forgot two of the most obvious hats… You obviously don’t know much about gangs because while alot of this is accurate some of the hats you brought up aren’t even worn often as a symbol or sign of the gang. Kings and Latin Kings wear Los Angeles Kings or Last Kings hats because of the big LK and people who are Disciple killer wear the vintage Mariners hat flipping the pitchfork…

  • Harley Roach

    the Philly Hat Red with White P..60s the White Sox… Bs & Cs

  • Anonymous

    For the Cincinatti Reds, the Latin Counts use that hat for then “C” and especially for the red color since red is their main color (along with black). They are a small but powerful people nation Gang that date back to the late 50s in Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. They are also located in the east side of Chicago as well as the nearby suburb of Cicero. Their primary enemies are folk nation Gangs but they also have bitter rivalries with the Latin Kings and their once major allies, the Bishops.

  • Anonymous

    For the LA Dodgers another one that is used heavily is actually the lesser known Chicago-area Gang (From “Cicero”, a chicago suburb less than a mile from the city) known as the Latin Angels. They are really small in number and only have a few blocks or so in one spot of Cicero. They wear Royal Blue and white and use an angel, five point halo, and a five point star as their symbols. While they are of the Poeple alliance they are sorta Renegades but still war mainly with Folk nation Gangs. The main People nation Gang they fight is the Latin Counts.

  • 187Soldier

    Raiders is Insane Crip, Indians, is Babie 23 insane. They also wear NY hats for Yz yungz

  • MisterB Gone

    I thought the Raiders would be somewhere on the list.

  • Dexter Adams

    Yeah but Chi-town and LA rule the gang scene.

  • Danny Sanchez

    I would have thought the Yankees would be number 1.

  • Dexter Adams

    Would have been a good one to include.

  • Joe

    You didn’t include the Nebraska Cornhuskers “N” hat. Every norteno in northern cali has either black or red “N” hat or beanie.