Dodgers History

Test Helmets

March 7, 1941 – During an exhibition game with the Cleveland Indians in Havana, the Brooklyn Dodgers experiment with batting helmets designed by two Johns Hopkins Hospital doctors with the help of Brooklyn Dodgers team president Larry MacPhail. The helmet was planned after two Dodgers, Pee Wee Reese and Joe Medwick, suffered hit by pitches during the 1940 season.