Clipping:A catcher or fielder's glove

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Date Wednesday, December 22, 1886
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When Arthur Irwin [N.B. a shortstop] broke his finger last season he found it necessary to wear some kind of a glove to protect the injured digit from hot balls which he might have to pick up. He didn't think much of the gloves he looked at, and so he went to work and designed one to suit himself. He was so delighted with it that he has been making some experiments with new gloves and now has one which is a beauty. All the players he has shown it to say it is a daisy, and if Arthur puts it on the market, it cannot fail to be popular with players, catcher in particular of course. It is made of the best quality of buckskin and lined with dogskin. The inside of the hand and fingers is padded with felt, but the glove is easy and pliable as a driving glove. Buckskin is very durable, everyone knows, and as Arthur's glove can be sold for about the same as the hard and stiff one of the old style, I think he has hit something that will just suit the boys.

Source Sporting Life
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings

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