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Saturday, April 21, 2007

History Of The Baseball Glove


Glovology - The History of the Baseball Glove
21st April 2007
We used no mattress on our hands,No cage upon our face;We stood right up and caught the ballWith courage and with grace.
– George Ellard
That piece was written by one of the men who organized what is thought to be the first professional baseball club, the Cincinnati Redstockings, back in the late 1860s. It expresses a certain contempt for the impedimenta of defensive baseball, namely the glove and the catcher’s mask.
It is true that, particularly in the case of gloves, baseball technology had to overcome a good deal of “real-men-don’t…” prejudice. But, indeed, it was a member of that Redstockings team, its renowned catcher, Doug Allison, who is recorded as the first man to wear a glove in a baseball game. In 1869 he prevailed upon a saddle maker to fashion for him a crude, lightly padded glove with which to receive pitches.
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