Early 1980’s.The 80’s would be a decade of consistent steady growth for the company, with Dave Koch leading the way. By this point New Era was selling to college sports, local, AAA, and international baseball, tennis, golf, custom special orders, the military, and 23 of the 26 pro MLB teams.
Mid 1980’sIntroduced in the early 1980’s, the multi head Barudan automated sewing machines revolutionized manufacturing for New Era, allowing a major increase in the rate of producing embroidered caps.
1986In conjunction with Major League Baseball, New Era unveils it Diamond Collection pro 5950 cap – the same 5950 as before but now sanctioned as an official on-field product at last.
Late 1980’s.Wearing “the cap the pro’s wear” is now a major element of baseball fandom.