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Nokona Alpha 12.5" First Base Mitt: S-3H

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  • 12.50 Inch Mitt Size

  • First Base Glove

  • Free Shipping!

  • Conventional Open Back

  • Adult Pattern

  • Colorway: Tan / Brown

  • Constructed Out Of Both American Bison & American Steerhide Leather

  • Game Ready Feel From Day One

  • Lightweight Pattern With Virtually No Break-In Period

  • Manufactured With Pride In The USA

  • H-Web

  • One (1) Year Manufacturer's Warranty

  • Weighs Approximately 640g


Adult Nokona first base mitts are assembled like a work of art with elite travel ball players in mind during the manufacturing process. Some of the best baseball mitts in the business come from Nokona because they understand that players of all ages at all levels of competition benefit from professional level quality. The Alpha series is carefully crafted out of a combination of American Bison and American Steerhide that requires virtually no break-in so that you can be at the top of your game from day one. Each model is position specific, lightweight, durable, and extremely high-performing on the diamond. While these are labeled as baseball mitts, the Alpha series may be worn by softball players as well. Give yourself the confidence and ability to catch pop-ups, snag line drives, and field grounders with the best of them. Nokona: America's Pastime, American Made!

This Nokona Alpha First Base Mitt (S-3H) features a popular 12.50-inch size, an H-web, and a conventional open back that delivers a classic-style look. Be alpha and buy one of these Nokona first base mitts today with free shipping and our 100 Day Love Your Glove Guarantee. Don't forget, with our expert customer service, we'll be here from click to catch!


Average Ratings Based on 5 Customer Reviews

4.8 Stars:Overall Rating
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5 Stars: Overall Rating

Pros: Break in: Game ready does not even begin to describe how broken in it is upon arrival.

Cons: Padding: Perhaps not as heavily padded as some, making it a very lightweight glove despite its size. Unless you're coaching college level and above, it's not an issue though. Price: Nokona gloves are expensive (but truly worth it).

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Quality at its finest big mike form north Carolina Parent

Pros: Don't know where to start quality of the leather 2nd to None .stitching Is beautifully done. you can just tell they make quality gloves and usa made

Cons: None at all

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Big Pocket Big fella Player

Pros: A suction cup for a pocket. Very wide, very deep. Nice soft leather so the ball does not pop out. Unlike my Rawlings pro preferred

Cons: The finger pad is in an awful spot.

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Nokona Alpha 12.5 first base mitt:s-3h Nathan Henson Parent

Pros: So far glove is great. My son (14yrs old) loves the glove. Very nice leather and close to game ready on arrival and I’ll have to say very good looking glove as well. I worked the glove to break in more for practice an game use and now it’s already really close to where you want a glove to be. I believe just using the glove for practice or games going forward is all that will be needed to finish complete break in. Very nice glove so far and worth the money.

Cons: Only had it a couple weeks thus the reason it’s 4 stars.

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Nokona Alpha 12.5 First Base Mitt Chad Auton Parent

Pros: Paid the extra 30 for break-in, absolutly gamr ready. My son was in love at first sight. Its fits him perfectly and hes almost 14. Glad i could purchase an American made product for my son, made sure he understood the importance of that! Glove is a work of art

Cons: None.

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Questions and Answers

Have a question about the Nokona Alpha 12.5" First Base Mitt: S-3H? Ask our team of experts and they will respond within 24 hours.

Would this work for fastpitch and fit a 12U player? Dana
This Nokona Alpha 12.5" First Base Mitt (S-3H) is technically a baseball mitt as the hand opening is meant to fit an adult male hand. I think that the catching area can handle a softball, but the fitting for the hand will be too large for a 12U female player.
Would this glove fit a 12U boy? Is the closure adjustable? David
The Nokona Alpha 12.5" First Base Mitt: S-3H does not feature an adjustable wrist strap and with this mitt being an adult model it would most likely not work well for a 12U player.
Hi - I see some descriptions of this glove as being a "youth" glove, or for "under 12." Can you clarify? Thx Alec
Gloves that are labeled "Youth" will have a smaller wrist opening and finger stalls than an adult model.
Kyle J.
I have a 13 year old. Looking to get a few years out of this glove. Will this glove hold up and have enough padding for the stronger throws? Mike
The Nokona Alpha 12.5" First Base Mitt: S-3H is a high quality mitt featuring both Bison and American Steerhide leather, so it will certainly hold up well for a few years.
Is this the most game-ready, broken-in 1st baseman's glove in your lineup at this price/quality level? If not, which is? Craig
The most game ready, broken-in 1B mitt we have in the $200-$300 price ranged would be the Shoeless Joe Pro Select 13" model.
Kyle J.
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About the Brand

Joe Phillips writes about his visit to Nokona. It was like sitting in at the plantation party in Gone with the Wind or maybe gazing from the grandstand at the “Field of Dreams” while the Black Sox players tried to work out their idled muscle kinks. And, I was gently reminded by the lines in that movie while I dug into a delicious plate of North Texas barbecue: “threshing crews eating at outdoor tables. It continually reminds us of what once was, like an Indian-head penny in a handful of new coins. . . You talk a good dream.” And here I was. . . graciously invited into this magical and charming “Field of Glove-Making Dreams” in former Comanche Indian land at Nocona, Texas. It was a warm August evening, basked in a golden harvest moon, while friends and the Nokona family paid its kindly southern regards to two of their own and two of America’s finest but relatively obscure glove makers, Bobby Storey and Elvin Ray “Ab” Lemons. You see, the pair had just completed fifty years of time-honored employment with Nocona Athletic Goods, the last of the all-American made ball glove company's. The occasion brought echoes of past successes and human contentment, but in Nocona today you still experience much the same American texture of yesterday and perhaps a glimpse into tomorrow as well.

The two stately gentlemen were being honored in a way that could have taken place in the same manner when they first reported for full-time work at Nokona, in 1952, or back even earlier, in 1933 when the company started making sports equipment. During a brief and informal presentation at the celebration, Nokona’s new sales manager called the two glove makers “Legends - because that’s what their ball gloves stood for, American know-how and pride taken in a best-made product.”

A man of few words but a marveled craftsman who could literally conjure a sows ear into a playable baseball mitt, Mr. Lemons got up and fondly recalled the several men he worked with through his half-century and of the training that had been passed along to him from his old bosses.

His counter part and just as talented, Bobby Storey, had filled in at just about every job at Nokona. Bobby, the son of the sporting goods founder, R.E. “Bob” Storey had most recently served as president and now chairman of the board of Nokona. Though past retirement age like Mr. Lemons, he’s now serving at one of his favorite roles, that of ball glove designer.

At a time for employment in this country when five years is considered a long tenure with the same company, Ab and Bobby are not even the first to complete a half-century journey with Nocona Athletics. The now deceased Jewell Brickey, hit that milestone in 1993, after joining the company during World War II. That’s the kind of devotion that employees forge into this glove-making outfit. A devoted and sustained tenure here is not rare. Last year the company advertising, displayed along with Storey and Lemons, three other employees who had garnered 40 years with Nokona, Warren Clary, Bud Meekins, and Melvin Weedin.“

I don’t have to tell you that the one constant through all the years has been baseball”, wrote W.P. Kinsella. And the most constant of ball glove makers has been Nokona, and the men and women there who keep alive the tradition of American craftsmanship of ball glove making. The spirit of glove-making is still alive and well in Nocona, Texas.

Glove Properties

Nokona Alpha 12.5" First Base Mitt: S-3H
Age Range 13-15 High School-Adult
Color Brown
Feel Soft
Glove Type Baseball
Position First Base
Series Alpha
Size 12.50
Sub Type First Base
Vendor Nokona
Web Type H-Web
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