Innovative Glove & Mitt Designs

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Re: Innovative Glove & Mitt Designs

Postby mikesglove » March 4th, 2018, 7:22 pm

A 1938 Golsmith "The Snare" model glove. Innovative lacing around the thumb and forefinger to help the glove retain its shape from balls hitting high in the webbing.
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The glove below is the same Snare model but missing the tunnel webbing.
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Re: Innovative Glove & Mitt Designs

Postby mikesglove » March 9th, 2018, 1:15 pm

Below is an ad displaying some characteristics of Rawlings gloves and mitts circa 1970. Outseam finger stalls were around for decades earlier on Rawlings catchers mitts. The revamped outseam design called the "Magic Action Back" on base mitts and gloves was started circa 1963.
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Below is a model TN10 base mitt
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Below is a Robinson/Boyer model MVP circa 1965
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Re: Innovative Glove & Mitt Designs

Postby mikesglove » March 21st, 2018, 1:36 pm

From a Wilson 1933 catalog. Wilson made a whole line of zipper heel glove/mitts. I've never heard of a base mitt surfacing.
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Re: Innovative Glove & Mitt Designs

Postby mikesglove » March 22nd, 2018, 3:07 pm

As catchers mitts became more sophisticated, some clever innovations were patented. One such patent was the Charles King (of "King Patent" fame") for a perforated palm in 1913. The theory behind the design was reducing the rebound of a ball striking the pocket due to trapped air in the padding. A perforated palm would expel the air upon ball impact.
Below is the 1913 patent drawing
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Below is a Reach ad from 1916. I think I've owned all these at one time. Probably my favorite brand catchers mitts.
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Model 9A with perforated palm.
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The Spalding model 10-0-P version 1915
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Below a well used Spalding model
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Below a Reach version. Probably the nicest example in the hobby
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