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Baseball Glove Dating Guide
is a guide to help date your vintage baseball glove.
Gloves can be dated by the style of the web. Styles may
have continued to be made after the dates stated but in
general the web can be dated to that era.
The modern web starts it's development Single, double and
triple tunnel webs are followed by the H web.
Experiments with laced fingers begin to emerge.
1940-1950 Baseball Glove
Full modern webs began to be used. Until the late
1940's fielders gloves had no lacing between the
fingers. These gloves are referred to as "Spit
finger" Gloves. The transition of the split finger
to the laced glove are more evident.
1950-1960 Baseball Glove
Most gloves have lacing between the finger
although you will find an occasional split finger.
The full web triple tunnel style dominates this
1960-1970 Baseball Glove
The 1950s full web tunnel
style still shows up, and with more lacing
"weaved" in and out of the web showing on the
1970-1980 Baseball Glove
Although a 12" size rule was made in the 1950s
outfielder Gloves begin to be made as long as 13 -
Baseball Glove History
players to use baseball gloves were often taunted and
teased as being "too soft" or
"sissies" because they did not want to catch the
ball with their bare hands.
The first baseball gloves were used in the 1870s. The basic idea was to create a glove that would pad and protect the players' hands and provide a cushion for catching the ball. Surprisingly, the first gloves were designed so the player could knock the ball to the ground and not necessarily catch it. History's first baseball gloves were made from pieces of leather sewn together to fit over a player's hand. Many early baseball gloves were simple leather gloves with the fingertips cut off, supposedly to allow for the same control of a bare hand, but with extra padding. The adoption of the baseball glove by baseball star
Albert Spalding when he began playing first base influenced more infielders to begin using gloves. By the mid 1890s, it was the norm for players to wear gloves in the field.
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