Rawlings Pro Preferred Speed Shell 11.5" Baseball Glove: PROS204-4BSS
11.50 Inch Length
Recommended For Use On The Infield (2B, SS & 3B)
Very Stiff; Will Require An Extensive Break-In (Rawlings Says 70% Of The Break-In Is Left To The Player)
Designed To Fit A High School-To-Adult Sized Hand (Standard Finger Stalls and 7 Inch to 7.5 Inch Wrist Opening)
Modified T-Web (Rawlings' Modified Trapeze Web)
204 Pattern - 11.5 Inch Length. Deepest Pocket And Standard Palm Width. Closes Thumb To 4th Finger And Pinky.
Full-Grain Kip Leather Provides An Unrivaled Look and Feel
Pittards Sheepskin Leather Is Used For The Palm Lining. That Material Is Exceptional At Wicking Away Moisture And it Adds Superior Comfort.
Colorway: Blonde | Blue Welting | Black Lacing
Conventional Open Backing
Padded Thumb Sleeve
Pro Grade Leather Laces Add Durability and Strength
100% Wool Padding Aids In Pocket Formation and Shape Retention
Speed Shell Backing - Synthetic Material Inserted In Place Of Regular Leather On The Glove's Backing Reduces Weight Without Compromising Durability
Hand Sewn Welting - Provides Distinct Look On Pinky And Thumb Portions of Shell. Creates a Smoother and More Comfortable Feel On The Inside Of The Glove.
Rawlings Pro Preferred Speed Shell 11.5" Baseball Glove: PROS204-4BSS
If you're hoping to have the freshest glove game around...then you better outfit your glove hand with this new Rawlings Pro Preferred!
The Pro Preferreds have a reputation that certainly precedes them. When one simply hears the name “Pro Preferred”, they know that they are dealing with baseball glove excellence.
Kip Leather is the material that is used to build the shell of the glove. And when compared to other high-quality leather materials, many glove aficionados feel that the break-in on Kip Leather items can be a little quicker. That being said, we would still recommend planning for a pretty lengthy break-in to get this thing ready for games. But if you see the break-in through, you’ll be very happy with what you have once the glove is ready to take into a game.
As well, the inside palm lining of the glove is made from sheepskin leather that is tanned by Pittards leather company. Having that material on the inside of the glove will create a very comfortable experience when wearing this glove.
This 11.5" glove is going to be an absolute stalwart on the infield as it can be used at 2B & SS. And if you're comfortable with a slightly smaller glove at 3B, you can use it there too. Rawlings definitely brought the swagger with this glove as it will display the Speed Shell material on the back of the glove that blends in with the blonde leather. The Speed Shell is a synthetic material that should lighten up the weight of the glove while not reducing the durability at all. Also, the hand-sewn welting on the pinky and thumb backings of the glove will add a nice cosmetic touch!
You can buy this Rawlings glove with confidence as it is covered by a twelve (12) month manufacturer’s warranty period (Be sure to note that the warranty does not cover gloves that were placed in a microwave or oven, gloves that have been over-oiled or gloves with broken laces). If you buy the glove from JustGloves and find yourself with a possible warranty issue, please reach out to the JustGloves Glove Experts. They will be sure to get you the info needed to reach out to Rawlings and begin the warranty replacement process.
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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.
|Age Range||13-15 High School-Adult|
|Color||Black Blue Tan|
|Position||Infield Second Base Short Stop Third Base|
|Series||Pro Preferred Speed Shell|
|Web Type||Modified T Modified Trapeze|
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