The Best Way to Break in a Brand New Baseball Glove

The glove is the ultimate defensive weapon of a fielder and although infielder and outfielder gloves are different in size, and the first base glove and catcher mitt is in a league of their own, there are certain basic methods for breaking a new glove in.There are many factors which affect the methods and quickness of breaking a glove in, such as quality of leather, softness and type of leather, web design and what the fielder feels they require in order to maximize its effectiveness.Although every one seems to have a secret formula, or knows someone who has a secret formula for breaking in a glove, we’ll explain the two most common methods in this article.The first method is of to follow the manufactures’ directions and follow their instructions, but for some reason we don’t think, that includes me most of the time, they know what they’re talking about.So we’ll proceed to the next method. The softness of the leather is directly associated with the cost of the glove, as a $500 glove will be much softer than a $100 glove. The reason I mention this is the first thing a player wants to achieve when breaking in a glove, is to create a pocket, which only use will accomplish, but the softness of the leather hastens the procedure.Here is a partial list of products which help soften leather, there are probably more, but these will suffice and are readily available.* Foaming Shave Cream
* Vaseline
* Saddle Soap
* Mink Oil
* Tanners Glove OilOne thing to be conscious of More is not always better, as some players will slop the oil all over the glove which only quickens deterioration and makes a slimy mess. Rather use a soft cloth and wipe small amounts of whatever leather softener you’re using into the leather until it disappears, then wipe off any excess which is not absorbed.Forming the pocket is the next step and there are several methods for accomplishing this. Playing catch, using the glove, is by far the best method to use, but sometimes it may be difficult to locate a throwing partner, which is why I include the following alternatives.* Use the batting cage. As the name indicates the original intended purpose of a batting cage is to help learn to hit, but it’s not the sole reason. There is nothing better than catching 50 – 100 70 mph fastballs to help form a pocket and do it quickly.* There is an old fashioned method, which is also effective in producing a pocket, and that is to work the leather softening agent into the leather, place a baseball (or softball if that’s your sport) into the pocket, fold the glove and tightly tie it together with a shoestring or rubber band. This may sound a little bit like baseball voodoo, but they do make devises specifically for this purpose.Remember, “more is not better” and use of the glove, no matter the grade of leather, will produce the desired results.

Shoe Repairs And Several Other Things When I Was 7

Shoe Repairs And Several Other Things When I Was 7
My Dad repaired most of our shoes believe it or not, I can hardly believe it myself now. With 7 pairs of shoes always needing repairs I think he was quite clever to learn how to “Keep us in shoe Leather” to coin a phrase!

He bought several different sizes of cast iron cobbler’s “lasts”. Last, the old English “Laest” meaning footprint. Lasts were holding devices shaped like a human foot. I have no idea where he would have bought the shoe leather. Only that it was a beautiful creamy, shiny colour and the smell was lovely.

But I do remember our shoes turned upside down on and fitted into these lasts, my Dad cutting the leather around the shape of the shoe, and then hammering nails, into the leather shape. Sometimes we’d feel one or 2 of those nails poking through the insides of our shoes, but our dad always fixed it.

Hiking and Swimming Galas
Dad was a very outdoorsy type, unlike my mother, who was probably too busy indoors. She also enjoyed the peace and quiet when he took us off for the day!

Anyway, he often took us hiking in the mountains where we’d have a picnic of sandwiches and flasks of tea. And more often than not we went by steam train.

We loved poking our heads out of the window until our eyes hurt like mad from a blast of soot blowing back from the engine. But sore, bloodshot eyes never dampened our enthusiasm.

Dad was an avid swimmer and water polo player, and he used to take us to swimming galas, as they were called back then. He often took part in these galas. And again we always travelled by steam train.

Rowing Over To Ireland’s Eye
That’s what we did back then, we had to go by rowboat, the only way to get to Ireland’s eye, which is 15 minutes from mainland Howth. From there we could see Malahide, Lambay Island and Howth Head of course. These days you can take a Round Trip Cruise on a small cruise ship!

But we thoroughly enjoyed rowing and once there we couldn’t wait to climb the rocks, and have a swim. We picnicked and watched the friendly seals doing their thing and showing off.

Not to mention all kinds of birdlife including the Puffin.The Martello Tower was also interesting but a bit dangerous to attempt entering. I’m getting lost in the past as I write, and have to drag myself back to the present.

Fun Outings with The camera Club
Dad was also a very keen amateur photographer, and was a member of a camera Club. There were many Sunday photography outings and along with us came other kids of the members of the club.

And we always had great fun while the adults busied themselves taking photos of everything and anything, it seemed to us. Dad was so serious about his photography that he set up a dark room where he developed and printed his photographs.

All black and white at the time. He and his camera club entered many of their favourites in exhibitions throughout Europe. I’m quite proud to say that many cups and medals were won by Dad. They have been shared amongst all his grandchildren which I find quite special.

He liked taking portraits of us kids too, mostly when we were in a state of untidiness, usually during play. Dad always preferred the natural look of messy hair and clothes in the photos of his children.

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