A History of the Bucket Hat

Gilligan (1964)

Portrayed by putty-faced actor Bob Denver, the lovably hapless first mate was never without his iconic all-white bucket hat throughout the three-season run of Gilligan's Island. But the real breakthrough came in the 1981 TV movie The Harlem Globetrotters in Gilligan's Island, where Gilligan joined the basketball tricksters to play a team of super-robots called "The Invincibles." With the clock winding down, the game-winning shot was in Gilligan's hands. Was it merely coincidence that this was Gilligan's final television appearance? Did the Globetrotters take his bucket hat back to Harlem with them just as rap's first full decade got going? We may never know. What can be vouchsafed is that this particular type of headwear has remained a hip-hop style essential.

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