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Who were the first players to wear plastic batting helmets in the major leagues?

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I believe the first was Roger Bresnahan, in 1907 or so. As a catcher, he had previously developed shin guards, and after a beaning, he similarly developed the batting helmet. Only in 1941, though, did it catch on at all, and then only into the '50s did it become somewhat common. Use was mandated only in the early-70s, with the earflap becoming mandatory for new players in 1983.

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