Anthony Rizzo's Game Day Model
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12.75 Inch Mitt Size
Break-In: 70% Player | 30% Factory
Colorway: Tan | Gray
Conventional Open Back
Deertanned Cowhide Plus Palm Lining Provides Added Protection
First Base Mitt
Heart of the Hide Traditional Leather Shell - Cut From Top 5% Of Rawlings' Hides
Soft, Full-Grain Finger Back Lining Provides Comfortable Feel
Tennessee Tanning Rawhide Leather Laces - Adds Structure, Durability, & Strength
Traditional Open Back
Horizontal Web With X Lace
Rawlings Heart of the Hide Anthony Rizzo First Base Mitt: PROAR44
If you are looking for style, performance, and durability, this Rawlings Heart of the Hide 12.75" Anthony Rizzo first base mitt is the perfect choice. Used by the 3-time All-Star and 2-time Gold Glove first baseman Anthony Rizzo, this mitt is sure to make you feel like a pro. The pattern is specifically designed for elite ball players and Rawlings'ss Heart of the Hide steerhide leather is known through all of baseball for forming the perfect pocket needed for scooping up any tough throws.
Made with high-quality leather that you break in the way you want, this first base mitt keeps you in control and ready for anything your teammates might throw your way. The deer-tanned cowhide palm lining and soft back finger linings keep you comfortable, while its thermo-form wrist lining uses moisture-wicking material to help keep your glove hand dry during summertime games. Moldable padding in the thumb slot provides extra protection when the pitcher throws a fastball your way to make a close play.
As a first baseman, your mitt is important, and you need to feel confident each time you take the field. At JustBallGloves.com, we understand this, so we offer a 100-Day Love Your Glove Guarantee. If you aren't fully satisfied with your Rawlings'ss Heart of the Hide 12.75" Anthony Rizzo first base mitt, just return it for a full refund. Order your mitt today and receive fast, 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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