MO Made is a series exploring the origins of popular creations that have roots in Missouri.
MO Made: The modern baseball glove
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. Read more
MO Made: Sliced bread
Whether it’s in the form of toast or a peanut butter sandwich, sliced bread is an integral part of the American diet.
Ninety years ago, the first machine-sliced bread was sold in Chillicothe, Mo. Read more
MO Made: The ice cream cone
With sweltering summer temperatures upon us, plenty of Missourians will seek sweet relief in the form of ice cream cones. Fewer Missourians may know that the treat traces its roots to the state.
The cone dates back to the 1904 St.Louis World’s Fair, where vendor Ernest A. Hamwi turned a hot day and a hungry crowd into a business opportunity. Read more