Thursday, February 11, 2010
The Origin of The Basball Glove
In the early 1870s, baseball players did not wear baseball gloves. According to Albert G. Spalding, who played on the Boston Red Stockings and Chicago White Stockings, players did not want to look like they were scared of the ball. The first player that Spalding saw wearing a glove was Charles C. Waite in 1875. Waite's glove was a flesh color so that it would not attract a lot of attention. The back of the glove was open in order to get air to flow in and out. Spalding was a pitcher and his hand was always taking a beating. In 1877, Spalding decided to wear a black glove for hand protection. As years passed, more players began to wear baseball gloves.