A baseball glove or mitt is a large leather glove worn by baseball players of the defending team, which assists players in catching and fielding balls hit by a batter or thrown by a teammate. Conversely, a glove is worn on the right hand. Early baseball was a game played without gloves, the earliest glove was not webbed and not particularly well suited for catching but was used more to bat a ball to the ground so that it could be picked up. One of the first players believed to use a glove was Doug Allison. The first confirmed glove use was by Charlie Waitt, a St. Louis outfielder and first baseman who, in 1875, Glove use slowly caught on as more and more players began using different forms of gloves. Many early baseball gloves were simple leather gloves with the cut off, supposedly to allow for the same control of a bare hand. First baseman Albert Spalding, originally skeptical of glove use, influenced more infielders to begin using gloves, Spalding later founded the sporting goods company Spalding, which still manufactures baseball gloves along with other sports equipment. By the mid-1890s, it was the norm for players to wear gloves in the field, in 1920, Bill Doak, a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, suggested that a web be placed between the first finger and the thumb in order to create a pocket. This design soon became the standard for baseball gloves, Doak patented his design and sold it to Rawlings. His design became the precursor to modern gloves, and enabled Rawlings to become the preferred glove of professional players, for many years it was customary for fielders to leave their gloves on the field when their team went in to bat. This practice was prohibited by the leagues in 1954. Baseball gloves have grown larger since their inception. A glove is worn on the non-dominant hand, leaving the dominant hand for throwing the ball, for example. The shape and size of the glove is governed by official baseball rules. Section 3.00 - EQUIPMENT AND UNIFORMS specifies glove dimensions, the baseball glove has come a long way in over the past century. Today, gloves are more precisely and more efficiently. There are still many advancements coming in the age of the baseball glove, even today, Easton is experimenting with combining leather and Kevlar in a new ultra-light weight glove line. Manufacturers have created different types of gloves to suit different types of people, also, they have started personalizing gloves for certain players to increase exposure on national television
"Right-handed" baseball glove worn on the left hand of center fielder Willie Mays during the 1954 World Series.
Bid McPhee simulating playing second base without a glove