Two-Piece Closed Web
32.00 Inch Pattern
Pro Taper Fit - Smaller Hand Opening, Tighter Finger Stalls
PORON XRD Palm and Index Finger Pad - Drastically Reduces Impact of the Ball
Full Grain Leather Shell
Break-In: 10% Player, 90% Factory
100 Day Love Your Glove Guarantee
Based Off of Rawlings' Authentic Professional Glove Patterns
Deer-Tanned Cowhide Lining for an Extremely Comfortable Fit
Full-Grain Leather Laces - Add Structure and Durability
The Rawlings GG Gamer Youth Pro Taper Series is back for another season! Designed after their extremely popular professional patterns, Rawlings has created the Pro Taper line for the ball player transitioning to the next level who may not be ready for an Adult glove. Pro Taper models offer a smaller hand opening and lowered finger stalls that create a truly custom fit for younger players. Designed to be taken straight to the field, the Gamer Pro Taper Series gloves are 90% broken-in by the Rawlings team of experts. This glove line will feature a painless break-in with its full grain leather shell, so the player can focus their pre-season efforts on what matters most; their game. These gloves definitely have big-league style and provide Youth players with additional protection in the PORON XRD Palm Padding and durable, pro-grade laces. Rawlings: The Mark of a Pro! Check it out with our 100 Day Money-Back Guarantee and Free Shipping!
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About the Brand
Rawlings is a major manufacturer of competitive team sports equipment and apparel for baseball, basketball, and football, as well as licensed MLB, NFL, and NCAA retail products. Rawlings is a major supplier to professional, collegiate, interscholastic and amateur organizations worldwide, including the Official Baseball Supplier to Major League Baseball.
The first real innovation in glove making occurred in 1912 when Rawlings Sporting Goods Company introduced the "Sure Catch" glove, which was "endorsed by leading players all over the country." The Sure Catch was a one-piece glove with sewn-in finger channels and looked better suited for a duck's foot than a man's hand. Catchers' mitts used at the time were large and bulky with a single leather thong passing for a web.
In 1920, Bill Doak, a journeyman pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, approached Rawlings with an idea for improving the baseball glove from a mere protective device to a genuine aid in fielding. The "Bill Doak" model was so revolutionary that it stayed in Rawlings' line until 1953. Its key feature was a multi-thong web laced into the first finger and thumb, which created for the first time in baseball's young life, a natural pocket.
In 1925, Rawlings unveiled a three-fingered fielder's glove, and ten years later improved the Bill Doak model with a two-piece leather web. At the same time, the "T" web became a rage for first basemen's mitts. The pocket underwent a pronounced change in 1941 when the Trapper Mitt, also known as the Claw, appeared. The "Deep Well" pocket was so unique that Rawlings quickly patented it. The design was improved in 1950 by adding a leather piece across the top. Another significant creation occurred in 1948 with the three-fingered Playmaker. A five-fingered fielder's model, with all fingers laced together, provided greater pocket control.
The six-fingered Trap-Eze evolved in the 1960's. In more recent years, Rawlings produced the Fastback design, which gives a glove a snugger fit, greater extension, and overall control. The Holdster is a slot through which a finger can be extended for additional protection from impacts on the pocket. Then, there is the Edge-U-Cated Heel with its extended U-shaped lacing and the Pro H Web and much-copied Basket Web.
Some of Rawlings more recent glove innovations also include the unique Spin-Stopper design which reduces ball spin when the ball hits the glove, and the Cantilever glove design feature that provides a cushioned area between the hand and the glove's palm area. In all, Rawlings has produced and patented more functionally innovative glove features and designs than that of any other glove manufacturer. The result is that the modern baseball glove is much larger, more comfortable, better padded and made to last far longer than its ancestors. It is not uncommon to see today's Major League players wearing the same Rawlings' glove they wore during their college playing days. In fact, Rawlings is the #1 glove in the major leagues. Rawlings maintains about 65 models of baseball and softball mitts and gloves in its line. The prototypes of virtually all of them have been field tested by professionals before entering a sporting goods dealer's inventory.
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