How Baseball Gloves are Made| Process of Making a Ball Glove

There are various top brands that manufacture baseball gloves. The quality of their glove may be different, but the basic approach of making a baseball glove is the same.

So, how baseball gloves are made?

The process of making a baseball glove contains both machine work and handwork.

The level of details required in the manufacturing of a glove is so high that they can’t be achieved by using a machine.

Therefore, the work of hands can’t be replaced.

Making of Ball Glove

Making of Baseball Glove

Watch this short video presented by Wilson. They are showing the process of how they manufacture ball gloves.

Step 1: Leather Selection

High Quality leather

The number one step of creating a ball glove is the selection of leather.

In the making of a ball glove, the leather selection is one of the most important steps because the quality and durability of a glove depend on the leather.

A good quality leather glove can last for years, while a cheap quality leather glove may only last for only one season.

Along with that, the time it takes for the breaking in the process also depends on the leather quality.

For that, a certain level of softness and stretchiness is necessary for the perfect ball glove. If the leather is not soft and stretchable, then it’ll not be comfortable and a player can easily break in the glove.

Step 2: Leather Cutting

The selected leather is now cut into some particular directions that gives them a rough shape of a glove.

After cutting the leather, the leather takes the shape of a palm along with the holes.

The hydraulic press is used to punch holes in the leather which is later used for the lacing in the glove.

Step 3: Stamping

Logo on Ball Glove

After the cutting of leather, stamping is done very carefully. A different stamping die is used for the each and every stamp of a model name or for the brand name.

The stamping should be done before the stitching because once the stitching is done, then stamping will not take place properly.

Step 4: Stitching

The process of stitching is done very carefully. The glove should not be too tight or too loose.

These gloves are made from inside out.

After the stitching, stretching is done to some extent and to give them a proper shape.

Step 5: Lace Making

Laces are made from a thin high-quality leather.

If the laces are thick, then the glove will not function correctly, while is the laces too thin, then they can break during the game.

Final Thoughts

This is a basic process of making a baseball glove. The mitt used by a catcher is different from the baseball ball gloves but still the process of making them is the same.

The brands use the same process in the manufacturing whether it’s mitt or a glove.

There are some brands like Rawlings who do some extra work on the breaking in the process because their gloves already come with the broken in from the factory.

All the gloves are made with hands because the level of detailing can’t be achieved with the machine.

These are the general steps, but it depends on the brand to brand how much they invest in a glove, and that decides the price of a glove.

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