Even though baseball gloves were being produced in the 19th Century, what many regard as the forerunner to the modern glove was patented in 1922 by William (“Bill”) L. Doak (U.S. Patent No. 1,426,824). Mr. Doak’s glove incorporated “a plurality of strands” between the thumb and index finger to form a pocket to catch and hold a baseball. The ability to catch a baseball in the pocket of a glove meant that a ball player no longer had to catch the baseball directly on the palm and fingers of the hand – which was often a painful experience. Even today, collectors are buying Rawlings brand “Bill Doak” baseball gloves on EBay.
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