How Are Baseball Gloves Made?

In the early days baseball was played with bare hands. But as the game has evolved gloves have become an integral part of the game. Nowadays there are a variety of baseball gloves including youth, catchers’ mitts and first base mitts.

Basically, the baseball glove is made out of leather. The method of turning animal skins into leather is known as “vegetable tanning.” The other primary method of tanning is called “chrome tanning,” and almost all baseball gloves today are made by this method.

Buffalo leather and kangaroo leather are also used to make gloves. The process of glove making involves molding a hollow plastic shell into the exterior convex front and back surfaces of the baseball glove. Shaped segments, including patterned depressions are made to form the outlines of the finger and thumb areas of the glove. A pair of webs is added between the thumb and index finger, and to give the glove a leather-like shine, an additional surface of cut out lines and lacing are added. The shell of the glove is molded utilizing slush, rotation or blow-injection techniques. Initially when the glove shell is formed, it is a convex structure. After construction, the front exterior surface is substantially concave with a convex tubular finger and thumb area. The shell is removed from the mold; the front of the glove is forced inward so that the front and back can be joined together. Padding is usually inserted in the palm area of the glove.

As the game progresses and become more and more competitive, the manufacturing processes will also undergo more changes to make more durable baseball gloves.


Post time: 02-01-2017