Horizontal Bar Web With X-Lacing
Conventional Open Back
Colorway: Black | Blue
100 Day Love Your Glove Guarantee
Anthony Rizzo's Game Day Model
100% Wool Wrist Padding
12.75 Inch Mitt Size
Break-In: 70% Player | 30% Factory
Deertouch Finger Back Lining Enhances Comfort & Fit
Full-Grain Kip Leather Provides Long Lasting Structure
Padded Thumb Sleeve
Pittards Sheepskin Palm Lining Adds Superior Comfort
Tennessee Tanning Company Rawhide Laces Add Strength & Structure
When your favorite player runs on the field, do you immediately look at their baseball mitt? If yes, the Opening Day Collection was made just for you! Anthony Rizzo's Pro Preferred combines a classic color combination with a professionally inspired design. Rawlings Pro Preferred baseball mitts have a reputation for being a staple at the highest levels of the game year after year. Known for their long-lasting, full-grain kip leather, each model continuously breaks in to form a perfect pocket based on the owner's preference. Professional game-day patterns and high-quality components are utilized to create the very best in the game that players of all ages and skill level have come to rely on season after season. Each glove offers a variety of different features that contribute to the greatness that is the Rawlings Pro Preferred. Inside of the mitts, Deertouch finger back linings optimize fit and add an unbeatable feel. A 100% water resistant wool padding also assists with the formation of the pocket and helps the glove hold its shape over a longer period of time. All while the classic Pittards sheepskin palm lining wicks away moisture and enhances the overall feel. Similar to that of other Rawlings ball gloves, the Tennessee Tanning Company rawhide leather laces add structure, strength, and durability unlike any other. Let's not forget that each thumb loop comes padded for added comfort and to ensure a premium fit on defense. Rawlings: The Mark Of A Pro!
This Rawlings Pro Preferred First Base Mitt (PROSAR44) features a 12 3/4-inch size, a horizontal bar web, and a traditional open back with the classic red patch. Due to the size and the web, this model is mainly recommended for adult or elite first basemen. Wear what the pros wear and buy one of these Rawlings first base mitts today with free shipping and our 100 Day Love Your Glove Guarantee. Don't forget, with our 24/7 customer service, we'll be here for you from click to catch!
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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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