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 Vintage Baseball Glove  Dating Guide
Below 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.

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workmanís style baseball glove c.1880ís 1880-1900 Baseball Glove Dating Guide Gloves have no web and are referred to as "workman" style gloves. Early fingerless gloves were used for better grip.

1900-1910 Baseball Glove Dating Guide  1900-1910 Baseball Glove Dating Guide "Full Webs" are sewn directly to the thumb and forefinger By 1910 1 inch webs start appearing.

1910-1920 Baseball Glove Dating Guide  1910-1920 Baseball Glove Dating Guide Most gloves have a sewn in one inch web. Player endorsements can now be used to help date some gloves.

1920's Baseball Glove Dating Guide  1920-1930 Baseball Glove Dating Guide Vertical tunnel loop webs are used. The "Bill Doak Era" of baseball Gloves begins.

1930-1940 Baseball Gloce Dating Guide   1930-1940 Baseball Glove Dating Guide 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 Dating Guide  1940-1950 Baseball Glove Dating Guide 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 dating Guide  1950-1960 Baseball Glove Dating Guide Most gloves have lacing between the finger although you will find an occasional split finger. The full web triple tunnel style dominates this era.

1960-1970 Baseball Glove Dating Guide  1960-1970 Baseball Glove Dating Guide The 1950s full web tunnel style still shows up, and with more lacing "weaved" in and out of the web showing on the outside.

1970-1980 Baseball Glove Dating Guide  1970-1980 Baseball Glove Dating Guide Although a 12" size rule was made in the 1950s outfielder Gloves begin to be made as long as 13 - 14".

Baseball Glove History
The first 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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