Rawlings Heart of the Hide 33" Catcher's Mitt: PROCM33BSL
33.00 Inch Pattern
Authentic Professional Pattern
Break-In: 80% Player, 20% Factory
Colorway: Black / Brown / Tan
Conventional Open Back
Heart of the Hide Traditional Leather Shell - Cut From Top 5% Of Rawlings' Hides
One-Piece Solid Web
Padded Thumb Sleeve
Soft Full-Grain Finger Back Lining Provides Unbeatable Feel
Tennessee Tanning Rawhide Leather Laces - Adds Structure, Durability, & Strength
XRD Palm & Index Finger Padding Provides Top Notch Protection Behind Home Plate
New catcher's mitt for the season and beyond! The world-renowned name "Heart of the Hide" says it all because the leather that is utilized for each mitt is cut from the top 5% of the center on the steer hides Rawlings has available. Laced together by the Tennesse Tanning rawhide results in unparalleled durability and strength. Not only will you be getting one of the most dependable and reliable catcher's mitts out there but the padded palm, padded thumb sleeve, and soft full-grain finger back lining provide top-notch comfort and extra protection during impact. Additionally, each model offers a 30% factory break-in so that the player break-in period is nowhere near as time-consuming. Worn by a number of Gold Glove Award winners, the Heart of the Hide catcher's mitt has been the cornerstone of those deemed "The Finest in the Field" and are now available to elite players looking to improve and define their defensive greatness. Rawlings: Leave Your Mark!
This model, the Rawlings Heart of the Hide Catcher's Mitt (PROCM33BSL), features a 33.00-inch pattern, a one-piece solid web, and is recommended for adult or elite catcher's. Step up your game behind home plate and order one of these Rawlings catcher's mitts today with free shipping and a 100-day guarantee only at JustBallGloves.com. Don't forget, we're here for you from click to mitt!
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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's 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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