A Leaf in the Hat

Have you tried a leaf in your hat?

Sarah's Notebook

I’ve been re-visiting Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder lately for an article that I’m starting and I came across a reference to wearing leaves in the crown of their hats to keep cool. I noticed this the last time I read it, but this time it also keyed off a memory about a baseball player doing something similar awhile back. A news story about it is still online here:


The story tells about a baseball player caused a rules change in Korea after he began copying Babe Ruth’s trick of keeping a cabbage leaf in his hat to keep cool. A slightly different take on the same idea. Keep on keeping cool this summer.

UPDATED August 21 2019: I double checked the link – which was amazingly still good – and added my current signature block.

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and…

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Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+, LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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