SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's baseball players have been banned from
putting frozen cabbage leaves under their caps to beat the summer
The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) took action after Doosan Bears
pitcher Park Myung-hwan's cap fell off during a game last weekend,
revealing his secret cooling agent.
After an emergency meeting, KBO officials ruled that cabbage leaves
are a distraction and cannot be considered part of the baseball
"Park has been using frozen cabbage to cool down since last summer,
but we didn't know until now," KBO chief of referees Heo Koo-youn told
Dunno about cabbage leaves, but I've stuck a zip-lock sandwich bag
partly filled with crushed ice underneath my hat, and it cooled for
quite a long time. (Not recommended for bald men unless the ice bag
is wrapped in a washcloth or sandwiched between two feed caps.)
Even better are the cool vests. I decided to buy one this year
because of the excessive heat we had last summer. While they don't
prevent sweating or being hot, they do prevent overheating. They
contain about 4 lbs of phase change chemical which melts at 65
degrees. That makes the vest warm enough that the blood vessels don't
constrict, and cool enough to keep the body core temperature down.
They are expensive, but still a lot less expensive than the entire
winter wardrobe I'd have to get if I moved north.