Evolution of the Fielder’s Glove

The earliest fielders’ gloves first used in the late 1880s were no more than leatherwork gloves used by common laborers. By the 1890s, Spalding began to manufacture a fielder’s workman’s type glove specifically for baseball use.

Fielders’ gloves improved steadily from the turn of the century. The first improvement came with a leather piece sewn between the thumb and the index finger as the earliest web.

Rawlings introduced a larger pattern 11’’ glove, “Bill Doak Model” in the ‘20s. Note that the web was designed to incorporate a lace to let the fielder adjust the size and configuration of the web as desired.

Rawlings Bill Doak Classic Glove

Goldsmith Glove

In the ‘30s, Goldsmith introduced the tunnel web, which enlarged the web area.

KenWel Dazzy Vance Glove

In the late 1920s, the Kennedy Brothers (KenWel) of Gloversville, New York, introduced an innovation in laces that tied the fingers together. It wasn't commonly applied to all gloves, but became standard in the 1950s.