The first time gloves were used during a game of baseball was during the 1870's. Although it unclear which players were the first to wear them, a great many people believe that catchers were the players to use the first gloves. This is logical since catchers have a greater need for padding and hand protection.
The history of baseball gloves is still in debate and since the records show that many officials of baseball didn't approve of catchers using gloves. This came from a belief that if catchers wore gloves, the pitchers would tend to throw the ball harder, which would put the batter at a higher risk of serious injury.
However as pitches naturally became stronger, the need for catcher's gloves became apparent. Before they were fully recognized, many teams needed several catchers because a single catcher didn't have time to let their hands heal between throws and they would need at least a game or two to fully recover. This became the turning point for the game, and many experts agree that it was this need which made the officials concede and allow the use of catcher gloves.
There have been many different styles and designs of catcher gloves throughout the history of baseball. The initial gloves had a padded palm on a fingerless glove. This type of glove was widely used until approximately 1905, since many believed that bare fingers would be able to catch the ball better. However after 1905 the pancake glove began to make an appearance. This was a mitten style of glove which had a more complete padding for the whole hand.
As technology developed, so have catcher gloves. The more modern style of glove used today was developed from the pancake glove but with the fingers covered by a solid piece of leather to create a pocket. These designs further evolved but even modern catcher gloves have a solid pocket of leather between the forefinger and thumb.
When considering purchasing new catcher gloves, you should first look at size. The glove must be well fitting and comfortable to wear. It is essential that it your glove stays in position when a high speed pitch is flying towards you.
Quality is also a factor. The glove should be of a high enough quality to provide sufficient padding and prevent the hand from being injured. The most popular gloves are made from leather; this tends to be more durable than softer materials. Although they tend to be more expensive, you will be less likely to have a need to replace the glove and they usually provide a greater degree of hand safety.
You should also assess that the glove has the correct level of padding. This is a fine balance between protecting the hand without impairing catching ability. The padding is usually concentrated around the finger area rather than the palm. However you should try on a number of different styles to ensure the padding is right for your specific hand.
Catcher gloves are optimized for use in the position behind the home plate. They should allow sufficient room in the finger area but should not be too loose. If buying for a child, avoid the temptation of buying a too large glove for the child to grow into. This can compromise their playing ability and prove dangerous to the safety of themselves and other players.
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