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BASEBALL GLOVE. APPLICATION FILED JULY 21. 19 21.
Patented J U119 27 1922..
2 SHEETS-SHEET l R. RAYMOND.
APPLICATION FILED JULY 27.1921.
1,42 1, 308. Patented June 27, 1922.
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ENETEE STATES FATENT EFEQEG REUBEN EAYIEOND, 0F NAZ A, CALIFORNIA.
T 0 all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, REUBEN RAYMOND, citizen of the United States, residing at Napa, in the county of Napa and State of California, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Baseball Gloves, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to a baseball glove, and particularly to the type known as a padded catchers glove comprising two complete gloves, one within the other, and an intermediate padding at the front portion of the hand.
The invention has for an object to pro-- vide a novel and improved construction of glove by the insertion of a crotch piece between the fingers and secured to the'longh tudinal seams thereof; and also of the lacing by which the padding is removably retained between the inner and outer glove members.
Another object of the invention is to present an improved form of. padding comprising palm, thumb and finger portions and provided with means by which it is held in position without direct attachment to the glove members.
Other and further objects and advantages of the invention will be hereinafter set forth and the novel features thereof defined by the appended claims.
In the drawings Figure 1 is a front elevation of the glove;
Figure 2 is a rear elevation thereof;
Figure 3 is a rear elevation of the padding;
Figure 4 is a front elevation of the same;
Figure 5 is a detail plan of the crotch piece with the fingers separated;
Figure 6 is a section through the thumb members and the strap upon the padding;
Figure 7 is a detail perspective of the lacing terminal; and
Figure 8 is a detail of the crotch piece.
Like numerals refer to like parts in the several figures of the drawings.
The numeral 10 designates the outer glove member having the palm portion 11 provided with the integral finger fronts 12 and to which the thumb member 13 is secured. The back 14 of the outer glove member is formed of a series of strips which provide the finger backs 15 for the first, second and third fingers, while the back of the fourth finger is composed of a continuation 16 from the glove front. The finger Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented June 27, 1922.
1921. Serial No. 487,849.
backs and fronts are secured together by longitudinal seams 17 and at the base or crotch of the fingers a crotch piece 18 is inserted and secured upon curved lines to these seams. This piece is substantially triangular in shape with its base 19 toward the palm of the glove and its apex 3Scurved and intersecting the rear seam 39 of the finger backs 15. The edges of the piece 18 are curved, as shown in Figures 5 and 8, to avoid abrupt or sharp angles at opposite sides of the finger crotch where secured to the finger seams. By providing curved seams at this crotch the glove is materially strengthened against the intense impact strain of a fast thrown ball which is liable to break or injure the stitching at this point. A reinforcement is thus provided giving comfort to the wearer and equalizing and balancing the strain in use, while also providing for the most economical manufacture as the finger pieces are reduced in size and are of regular shape.
The thumb and first finger may be connected by a web 20 as usual, and the glove back is cut away at 21 and provided with a securing strap and retaining means as at 22. The inner glove member 23 is substantially similar in construction and fits within the outer member 10, but is not attached thereto except by a binding 24; about the cutaway portion 21 and a lacing 28 extending across the front of the glove at the wrist portion. This lacing comprises a single strand starting at 25 beneath the thumb and cross laced in opposite directions to a point 26 beneath the fourth finger, where the free ends thereof are suitably knotted, as at 27, and inserted between the inner and outer glove members, as indicated by dotted lines in Figure 1. This double lacing by a single piece materially increases the strength, while the slip knot is entirely concealed but adapted to be easily withdrawn and unlaced when it is desired to remove or replace the padding 30 which is inserted at the front between the inner and outer glove members.
This padding 30 comprises a front piece 31 patterned to form the palm, thumb and finger portions and a companion back piece 32 having the center of the palm portion thereof cut away, as at 33 to provide only a single thickness at this point, which in cooperation with the supplemental packing 34,- forms a pocket to receive and retain the ball. The supplemental packing 34. com-..
.bers. assembled .111 cooperatlverelation.
prises a stuffing betweenthe layers .of,the padding and extends as usual across the wrist portion and longitudinally 40f: the
thumb and fourth finger for a portion of.
.back pieces having finger members, and a the leng th thereof. .Thepadding .SOis not fixedly attached to either glove member, but is heldin position by an inwardly extending portion 35 beneath the first finger which is formed upon a curve complementary to the inner edgeof the thumb and provides a projection 37 uponsaid fingernext the; thumb, and the first finger is caused to spread or separate from the second-finger. lhis prevents the finger port-ions from working downwardtoward the palmasrthey'are held by the reduced width of the paddingat the crotch of the-thumb. The paddingis'also provided at the backwith a strap-136 extending from the thumb to the first finger and beneath which the thumb member of the inner glove is y passed as the parts are assembled, as shown in Figure 6. This holds the padding against any lateralorcross wrinkling and securely retains it in proper position while permitting its; ready and yconvenient withdrawal whenever necessary. The
padding is preferably formed of a-rough hairy 'fibrousmaterial which offers a; frictional resistance against the leather ofthe gloveto prevenfidisplacement when inposition.
the glove-"and prevents catching of the freei The assemblage of theglove will be understood from the foregoing description and it will be noted thatthe use of the reinforcing crotch. "piece or quirk greatly strengthens-and prolongs the life of the glove it equalizes the strain upon the seams at-this point and providesgreater. comfort to the wearer underyall conditions of use. Further this construction permits the most economical manufacture of the glove as the fingel pieces are reduced inflsize and made regu lar in shape which provides for the cutting of the. leather withthe least possible waste. The arrangement of the concealed knot of the lacing forms a more finished effect. in
endsand their accidental release. The double lacing adds strength at thewrist portion toresist the impact. strain from contact with aball, and the-knotis adapted to be readily Withdrawn when it is.desiredto unlace the glove fortheremoval *of thepadding or access thereto. The construction of the. padding provides asingle member-for direct insertion between the glovemembers and ob viates any fixed attachment thereto. The
materialand'shape of thepadding and strap thereon securely retain it in position, Jyet permitits direct withdrawal "and replace ment' in the most convenient manner.
The invention presents a: simple, efiicient and economically manufactured-construction of baseball glovennd padding therefor adapted to be formed in three complete mem- Vfhat I claim is pl. Aibaseball glove comprising a front piece having finger members, a series of triangular crotch piece disposed at the at the front piece a and secured to' the longitudinal seams of the fingers upon curved lines. 2. A baseball glove comprising a-front piece having integralfin-ger fronts, a-series of back pieces having integralfinger backs, and a triangular crotch piece disposed between the fingers with its base toward the front and its 'curved'edges-secured to the longitudinal seamsof-"the; front finger members and having a curved apex intersect: ing'the seams betweenthe fingerbacks.
3. In a baseball glove, a complete outer glove member, a complete innerglove member, and a rough surfaced padding interposed between said members and having a retaining projection upon the-first finger opposite the thumb member thereof.
4. In a baseball glove, a complete outer glove member, a complete inner glovememher, and a complete padding interposed be tweensaid members and having an inwardly inclined face adjacent the thumb crotch, whereby the cross diameter thereof is reduced at that point.
5. *In a baseball glove, a complete outer glove member, a complete inneriglove member having a-thumb piece, and a complete removable padding member provided with a loop orstrap beneath which the'thumb of the inner glove memberis adapted to be passed as the glove is assembled.
Shin a baseball glove, interfittedglove members, :and an interposed padding member comprising a complete front piece, a back piece having its central palm portion removed, and a'supplemental, packing .between the pieces"disposed to partially surround the removed portion.
7(In a baseball glove,'interfitted glove members, and an interposed padding membercomprising a complete front piece, a back piece having, its palm portion partially removed, said padding member having .an inwardly curved edge at ,the base of the forefinger next the; thumb to provide a portion. of reduced width across" the palm.
H8. In a baseball glove, interfitted glove members each having :thumbs, .and a .removable interposed padding member having athumb and a strap-extending from the .base of-the thumb. thereof to :the. base of the first finger, and adaptedto receive thejthu'mb member ofthe innerglove.
9.'--In a-,.baseba1l glove, agoomplete outer glove-member, a completeinnenglove mem ber, a freely removable padding member having a reduced width in alignment with the thumb crotch, and a loop upon said padding member disposed to receive the thumb of the inner glove member.
10. In a baseball glove, a padding member comprising thumb and finger portions and having an inwardly offset face at the base of the forefinger adjacent the thumb 10 crotch, said ofi'set serving as an abutment to retain the padding member in proper position Within the glove.
11. In a baseball glove, a padding member comprising thumb and finger portions with a retaining projection at the base of the first finger opposite the thumb, and a loop extending over said thumb portion at the base thereof.
In testimony whereof I affix my signature.