July 13th, 2020

Things to consider during your search for good baseball gloves.

When people first started playing baseball they did not even have gloves. The first gloves were merely leather coverings for the hand that were designed to take some of the sting out of knocking the ball down. At first people using gloves were laughed at for being soft and not being able to catch the ball barehanded.
As more and more people used gloves they were accepted into the mainstream of baseball and the hoots and hollers stopped.

In the late 1800’s and the beginning of the 1900’s the baseball glove started to take the form of what we have today. Fingers were added which allowed for a person to actually catch the ball and leather stitching added to durability.

As the years passed techniques in leatherworking also improved which allowed for lower prices and increased quality and longevity.

When you are searching for a glove you should consider the following things:

What position are you going to play? While many of us know that a catcher glove is different did you know that different positions also have different gloves? For instance a pitchers glove and an outfielders glove are different. Be sure to tell your local sporting goods store clerk what position you will be playing. You certainly do not want to show up with a pitchers glove if you are going to be playing center field.

After you purchase your glove you need to break it in and care for it properly. One of the easiest ways to break a glove in is by using softening oil made for leather. Simply apply the oil and let the glove sit overnight. The leather will soften up over repeated applications. Another great way to break a glove in is by playing catch with someone. This is a preferred method as you get practice catching and throwing at the same time.

Whatever your position or glove get out there have fun and always remember to warm up before you start to play ball.

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