The last time Western Australia changed their cricket cap they went through the 1976-77 season undefeated and won their fifth Sheffield Shield title.
The introduction of the gold cap - principally because of the recent arrival of colour television - heralded more than two decades of West Australian dominance.
The gold headware and sustained on-field success may not have been related but the WA Cricket Association is hoping for a similar impact this season when it reverts to the black cap used for most of the past century.
WA coach Justin Langer, who played his State junior career in an old-style black cap but used the gold model during nearly 20 years at senior level, was one of the driving forces behind the change. Langer wants to honour the State's rich cricket heritage while allowing his players to carve their own history.
"It is only a piece of cloth but respecting the past is one of our key values and something we want to live out," he said.
"There are no guarantees that the hard work we have done over the past few months will create success but we have prepared to succeed and we have given ourselves every chance."
Wearing black caps is part of the WACA's rebranding that has seen the name Western Warriors reintroduced to stand alongside the State women's label Western Fury.
Langer has also brought in a group of former WA players to mentor the current squad and help provide inspiration to a new generation of players who have failed to taste success over the past decade.
"Dennis Lillee addressed the team recently, while we've had Mike Veletta come down, Tom Moody, we've got Geoff Marsh and Wayne Andrews on staff, while Terry Alderman and Bruce Reid have come and spoken," Langer said.
"They all talk the same language. They talk about really hard, cutthroat cricket, working as a team and hunting in packs and the great benefits in working very hard in all aspects of their lives."
Scratch matches will be held this week between the Warr- iors squad and the Twenty20 Perth Scorchers who will compete at the Champions League in India this month.
The Warriors then have a busy October with six one-day matches in 11 days when the Ryobi Cup is played in Sydney.