Rawlings Heart of the Hide Speed Shell 34" Catcher's Mitt: PROYM4BC
Opening Day Collection
1-Piece Solid Web
34.00 Inch Mitt Size
Break-In: 60% Player, 40% Factory
Colorway: Camel | Black
Conventional Open Back
Deertanned Cowhide Palm Lining & Full Grain Fingerback Linings Improve Comfort
Constructed From Top Grade U.S. Steerhide
SpeedShell Back - Reduces Weight Without Compromising Durability
Padded Thumb Sleeve
Soft Full-Grain Finger Back Lining Provides Comfortable Feel
Pro Grade Leather Laces Add Durability And Strength
Standard Fit - Standard Finger Stalls and 7 Inch to 7.5 Inch Wrist Opening
YM4 Pattern - Game-Day Pattern Of Yadier Molina. This 34” Pattern Features The Widest And Deepest Pocket Of Any Catcher’s Mitt Pattern.
Index Finger Pad For Protection and Comfort
Rawlings Heart of the Hide 34" Catcher's Mitt: PROYM4BC
Be a monster behind the plate with this Rawlings Heart of the Hide catcher's mitt. Its mega 34" size and closed one-piece solid web let you trust the reliability of your mitt so you can concentrate on winning and clean catches of balls and strikes. Heart of the Hide catcher's mitts are already 30% factory broken in, so they will take some time for break-in, but once the break-in is done, it will truly be your mitt.
Fashioned from the top 5% of Rawlings's steerhide leather and made with Tennessee Tanning rawhide laces, this beast of a mitt is built for endurance. Its sumptuous palm and deer tanned cowhide lining, padded thumb sleeve and lightweight mesh backing allow you to approach impact fearlessly. Plus, the camel and black color palette looks seriously sophisticated. You'll defend with the prowess of Yadier Molina!
Ball gloves from Rawlings just ooze with craftsmanship and lore. Rawlings has been around for many years and they know a thing or two about what it takes to make customers loyal for life. One of the ways they do that is by extending a twelve (12) month warranty from the purchase date on all their gloves. There are a few exceptions to the 12-month policy as they do NOT cover gloves that have been put in a microwave/oven, over-oiled gloves or gloves with broken laces. If you have a Rawlings glove that was purchased from JustGloves and you feel something is wrong with it, please reach out to our Glove Experts at JustGloves. They will get you set up with the information for reaching out to Rawlings!
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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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