Who Made Gloves

The earliest manufacturers’ brand names were as numerous as the number of towns throughout the country. One of the earliest and best manufacturers was Draper Maynard, a company founded in 1880 by Jason F. Draper in Plymouth, New Hampshire, once the hub of sporting goods and part of the storied leather tanning area of New England. Draper made leather work gloves. The company entered the baseball glove business in 1882 when Arthur Irwin, shortstop for the Providence Grays of Providence, Rhode Island, asked the company to make him a padded glove for his injured hand. One was custom made for him and much to his surprise Irwin found it easier to make catches. The glove caught on, and fielders be

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