April 5, 2018

The Kitten

The 2018 baseball season has begun. Baseball season coincides in the Northeast with the beginning of spring and rebirth. Recently, I received a special glove in need of renewal, a beautiful Rawlings HH Harvey Haddix mid1950s vintage glove. 

The name Harvey Had...

January 6, 2018

In 2002 at the age 78, Rollie Latina, a.k.a: Glove Doctor, the glove designer for Rawlings Sporting Goods Company in St. Louis, MO passed away. Within a few short years, Rawlings would terminate their mass production Made in the USA glove operation, which they began in...

November 13, 2017

This year there has been a significant increase of homers. Is the ball juiced?

The home runs of Aaron Judge (MVP & American League Rookie of the year?) and Giancarlo Stanton (major league home run champion with 59) have re-energized the sport and sparked some controvers...

October 30, 2017

I bet you never even gave a second thought to the baseball glove’s wrist strap. The strap is the most important design feature in terms of comfort, fit and function for your glove, keeping it on your wrist just right. 

Today there are a variety of ways gloves can stay f...

October 4, 2017

Anyone who has caught a well thrown ball or a hard hit ball has felt the sting in the palm of their glove. Ouch!

The great hall of famer Honus Wagner cut a hole in the palm of his glove in order to better control the feel of the ball when it hit his hand. Wagner wa...

September 13, 2017

At Everlast we called them striking bags not to be confused with the heavy training bag, which is a totally different exercise item all together. At one point in the early 1980s the Everlast factory in the Bronx was making as many as 6000 bags a week. At that time Ever...

August 25, 2017

The upcoming match-up between an undefeated superb boxer and arguably the best mixed martial arts fighter in the world, is a super match made in heaven. The specter and anticipation has the interest of the world in a way that hasn’t been seen in years.

McGregor & Maywea...

August 17, 2017

I did some work on Paul O’Neill’s glove back in the late 1990s. Every year Paul would receive complementary gloves from Rawlings. As the right fielder he preferred the ProT Trapeze style 12.5” outfielder’s glove. The work I had to perform was to strip out the padding i...

August 11, 2017

Early first base mitt designs in the 1880s became specialized from the padded fielder’s glove to an oven mitt design. 

Many variations in the webbing between the fingers and the thumb existed. Some mitts had a simple crisscross lace and others had a simple leather strap...

July 27, 2017

The earliest fielders’ gloves first used in the late 1880s were no more than leatherwork gloves used by common laborers. By the 1890s, Spalding began to manufacture a fielder’s workman’s type glove specifically for baseball use.    

Fielders’ gloves improved steadi...

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