Rawlings Pro Preferred 34" Catcher's Mitt: PROSCM43C
Opening Day Collection
100% Wool Padding Aids In Pocket Formation and Shape Retention
1-Piece Solid Web
34.00 Inch Mitt Circumference
Break-In: 70% Player | 30% Factory
Conventional Open Back
Full-Grain Kip Leather Provides An Unrivaled Look and Feel
Padded Thumb Sleeve
Pittards Sheepskin Palm Lining Wicks Away Moisture And Adds Superior Comfort
Pro Grade Leather Laces Add Durability and Strength
XRD Index Finger Padding Provides Elite Protection
CM43 - 34.00 Inch Circumference. A More Narrow, Average Depth Pattern Featuring A Thick Thumb Pad With No Thumb Loop.
Standard Fit - Standard Finger Stalls and 7 Inch to 7.5 Inch Wrist Opening
Index Finger Pad For Protection and Comfort
Rawlings Pro Preferred 34" Catcher's Mitt: PROSCM43C
Let opposing hitters know they're on your turf with this Rawlings Pro Preferred 34" catcher's mitt. A top choice for many MLB stars, the Pro Preferred series is crafted with ultra-premium kipskin leather. It's more rigid than steerhide, making for a glove with superior shape retention and also less weight. These gloves have an extended break-in period but mold into a comfortable, customized fit. Like all Pro Preferred gloves, this 34" catcher's mitt features a sheepskin lining that helps wick moisture away from the hand, making it a cool, comfortable choice for those long, doubleheader days.
This Pro Preferred catcher's mitt offers pro-grade performance and a classic aesthetic that screams confidence. Built on a camel-colored shell, this glove features Rawlings's signature Pro Preferred brand on the palm with cream embroidery and red branding across the cuff and outer hand. With a conventional hand opening and back, this glove is an ideal choice for athletes who like to keep their gear simple, traditional and dependable. The one-piece, solid web pocket further enhances the glove's high-end durability and offers superior feel pitch after pitch. At 34", this Pro Preferred model is made for adults but also works for developing teen and youth athletes who could use some room to grow.
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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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