While he posted a paltry .202 batting average over parts of five seasons at the big league level, Vern Benson went on to enjoy a four-decade career as a coach and scout at the big league and minor league levels. This Cincinnati Reds cap was worn by Benson as he served in a mentor capacity for the 1968 club. The red wool accessory features the club’s “C” logo embroidered to the front canter and a red button atop the six-point crown suspension. A “Wilson” label resides on the interior sweatband and the bill’s underside is home to a black marker notation of “10.” The cap shows nice game wear, with perspiration-induced soiling about the sweatband.
Of note during Benson’s playing career was his first-ever home run. The first of three lifetime circuit clouts, his September 18, 1951 shot contributed to a 7-1 Cardinals win at the expense of the free-falling Brooklyn Dodgers. The blow came off of, you guessed it, Ralph Branca.