US 1045231 A
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W. P. WHITLEY.
BASE BALL GLOVE.
APPLIUATIOH FLED APB.. 1. 1911. 1,045,23 L.. Patented Nov. 26, 1912.
SWLLLLLM @@Wadf WILLIAM P. WHITLEWY, OFiST. LOUIS, MISSOURI.
Application led April 1, 1911. Serial No. 61,432.
such as will enable others skilled in the art` to which it. appertains tomake and use the same, reference being had -to the accompanying drawings, forming part ofthis specification, in which- Figure l is a front elevational View of my improved form of glove. Fig. 2 is a front elevational view of a modified form of my improved glove. Fig. 3 is adetaill section taken transversely through the finger end portion of the form of glove illustrated in Fig. l. Fig. 4 is a detail section taken transversely through the outer end portion of the form of glove illustrated in Fig. 2 and showing the connection between the outer portions of the second and third linger pockets.
llhis invention relates to new and useful improvements in gloves used'` by base ball players and more particularly the gloves commonly used by the players occupying ielders positions.
lThe object of my invention is to provide simple form of glove having a substantially one-piece palm section which is cut away between the inner portions of the fingers and which is provided withwebs between the outer portions of the lingers which webs are so constructed as to bend or. fold ends of the lingers of the glove to limit the spreading movement of the fingers of the wearer of the glove. It is also particularly desirable that the palm portion of the glove be entirely free from ridges formed bythe -partial folding together of said palm portion of the glove duringthe action of catchinga ball and te do away with the possibility of the forming of folds or ridges, Il.
Specification of Letters Patent,
HKVt, Batented Nov. 26, 1912.
propose to out away the continuous palm portion of the glove between the inner portion of the lingers and to split the webs between the outer portion ofthe fingers and bend the split edges lrearwardly and unite said edges with seams on the back-sides of said edges in order that the webs will tend to fold or bend rearwardly when the fingers of the wearer of the glove are moved together, as in the act of catching a ball.
To the above purposes my invention consists in certain novel features of const-ruct-ion and arrangement of parts hereinafter more fully described and claimed'.
Referringby numerals to the accompanying drawings, l designates the palm section of the glove which is preferably formed in one piece and said palm sect-ion is provided on one side with an extension which is folded over to form the back of the little finger. pocket, and on the opposite side the palm section is provided with a web 2,*the end of which is attached to the thumb section 3, which latter is fitted into the thumb opening 4 in the usual manner.
The back section of the glove is of the usual form and is provided with three finger sect-ions 5, the edges of which are attachedl split lengthwise fromthe openings 8 to the finger tip portion of the palm section, and the edges formed by thus splitting said webs are bent or folded rearwardly against one another and are united by rows of stitching 7., rlhus the seams which unite t-he split edges of the web port-ions between the outer ends of the fingers are on the rear side of palm portion l, and as the fingers of the wearer of the glove are bentforwardly and brought together, as in the act of catching the ball, the material forming web portions will tend to bend rearwardly, thereby -pro Y jecting from the back of the glove between the outer portions of the fingers, thereby allowing the outer portions of the lingers to come together to grasp the ball in an easy and natural manner and which eHect can not be obtained where the webs between the finger portions bend forwardly and form ribs or folds in the palm section of the glove.
By cutting away the palm section l hesmooth surface of the glove.
tween the inner portionsof the fingers to fbrm the openings 8, there is no material aty these particular points to fold inwardly and thereby form ribs or folds to destroy the palm .spction of the In Fig. 2, I have shown a modified form of glove wherein the palm sectionis provided with openings 9 between the inner l united by a row of stitching, and the seam thus formed on the back of this particular web portion is covered by a reinforcing piece 12 which is attached in any suitable manner to the rear side of aid web portion. In this form of glove, a continuous 'row of stitching 10 unites the finger back section with the palm section. l
A glove of my improved construction is comparatively simple, is particularly intended for baseball players occupying fielders positions, and by cutting away narrow strips of material between the inner portions of the fingers of the palm section, and splitting the webs between the outer portions of the lingers, and bending the edges of said split Webs rearwardly, the formation of ribs or folds on the inner face of the palm section of the glove is avoided and thus the fingers on the hand of the wearer of the glove can be brought together and bent forward without inconvenience during the act of catching the ball.
adjacent to^which slits are bent rearwardly,
and means for uniting said rearwardly'bent edges to each other.
2. In a baseball glove, a one-piece palmv section, provided with openings between the inner portions of thexfingers, and having lengthwise slits betweenthe outerA portions of the fingers, the edges of vt-he material adjacent to which slits are bent rearwardly and means engaging said rearwardly bent edges for uniting the same to each other.
3. In a baseball glove, a one-piece palm section having portions between the finger sections b ent rearwardly, and attaching means passing through said rearwardly bent `portions on the rear side of said palm sections.
In testimony whereof I hereunto afiix my signature in the presence of two witnesses, this'28th day of March, 1911.
WILLIAM P. WHITLEY.
J. W. CLIFT, M. l?. SMITH.