About Outfield Gloves
When the first outfield glove appeared in 1877, it was little more than a strip of leather that wrapped around the palm of the hand, and it was the same design for right-handed and left-handed baseball players. An outfield baseball glove with fingers did not appear on the field until 1886, and it was not until 1919 that the glove had a built-in pocket and webbing between the thumb and forefinger. The design was suggested to Rawlings by William Leopold Doak, and the Bill Doak Rawlings Outfield Glove became a best-seller for years. In addition to Rawlings, Easton, Wilson, Spalding, and other brands have a solid reputation for making quality gloves. Outfield gloves tend to be longer and have deeper pockets than other glove types. This helps the outfielder extend farther to snag those fly balls and grounders. Outfielders tend to prefer gloves with a trap web or modified trap web between the thumb and other fingers. Baseball and softball players can find outfield gloves, infield gloves, and catcher's mitts from knowledgeable sellers on eBay who care as much about sports as you do.