One of the most popular images on trading pins these days is a baseball glove. The glove is often the background for a spinner or slider baseball, or  coupled with a baseball bat or playing field.

Although trading pins are a rather new phenomenon, the baseball glove has been around since the late 1800s.  One of the first players who used a baseball glove was Doug Allison in 1870, a catcher for the Cincinnati Red Stockings, because he had an injured left hand.

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And the first documented story was about Charles Waitt, a first baseman and outfielder for St. Louis. Waitt used a pair of flesh-colored leather gloves to help in his game. However, many players did not accept gloves at first, and the ones who wore them were often taunted and called “sissy.” Eventually, the baseball glove caught on.

Many of the early baseball gloves were simple leather gloves (like Waitt used), but with the fingertips cut off. They allowed the players to have finger control in throwing, but a little extra padding while catching the ball.

By the mid-1890s, it was acceptable for baseball players to use gloves, much because of baseball star Albert Spalding. Like the others, he was hesitant to wear a glove at first. Ironically, the glove turned out to be his fate. He later built the Spalding sporting goods empire.

In 1920, Bill Doak, a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, suggested that a “web” be placed between the first finger and the thumb to create a “pocket” for the baseball. Since then, that style has become a standard for baseball gloves worldwide.

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