The baseball glove has transformed from something that was viewed as a sign of weakness by baseball players in its earliest days to a ubiquitous and beloved piece of equipment that has fueled billions of dollars in sales through the decades.
Missouri played a pivotal role in that transformation: In 1920, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bill Doak changed the game by creating a new design for baseball gloves. He eventually sold the design to St. Louis-based sporting goods company Rawlings, which mass-produced the glove.
Rawlings has changed hands over the years — including in a sale announced earlier this year — but its signature product has endured, with some estimates suggesting half of all baseball players today wear the company’s gloves.
MO Made is a series exploring the origins of popular creations that have roots in Missouri.