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2013-03-04 04:35:26 PM  
FUNFACT: A GIS for "comedy oversized baseball glove" brings up multiple images of the Tanning Lady.

Poor tanning lady.
 
2013-03-04 04:38:24 PM  
A one paragraph article, then a link to a paywall?
Bad subby.
 
2013-03-04 04:40:31 PM  
FACT:  The Astros will win less than 50 games this season.
 
2013-03-04 04:46:35 PM  

m1ke: FACT:  The Astros will win less than 50 games this season.


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Actually, you're right.

\I don't have a rebuttal.
\\That was perfect.
 
2013-03-04 04:47:14 PM  
I am a fan of shaving cream, pounding the ball into it a lot, and tying it up overnight with a belt.

/i use this method for various activities.
 
2013-03-04 04:48:04 PM  
I played first, so I had a mitt.
 
2013-03-04 04:53:21 PM  
I used to swear by Noxema shaving foam - one can's worth for fielder's gloves, two for catcher's mitts.  That, and just playing catch with the thing usually did the trick.
 
2013-03-04 04:59:35 PM  

gameshowhost: I played first, so I had a mitt.


So you never won?
 
2013-03-04 05:02:51 PM  

m1ke: FACT:  The Astros will win less than 50 games this season.


The Vegas line is set at 56.5, IIRC. I was actually tempted to take the over on that one. They scraped 55 games last year, and they're young enough that it's not unlikely that their team will have a few players make big steps forward. Wandy and Myers leaving aren't a huge deal. Then I remembered that the NL Central and the AL West are slightly different in terms of competition.

/They might beat the Mariners a few times... maybe
 
2013-03-04 05:08:51 PM  
I just remember my dad using some kind of leather oil and rubber bands and of course a baseball in the palm of the glove.

/My four year old starts t-ball in a few weeks!
 
2013-03-04 05:11:01 PM  

m1ke: FACT:  The Astros will win less than 50 games this season.


FACT: For the first time in 3 years the Astros will not finish in last in the NL Central.
 
2013-03-04 05:20:29 PM  
I used bacon grease on my Albert Belle Mizuno Techfire special.

As a teen back in the early 90s, I figured that would be the best way since I couldn't afford the oil on top of the glove (saved up an entire summer of part time cheques to buy it).

After wrapping a baseball in it and tying it tight with shoelaces, it worked like a charm.  Plus the added smell (and taste) of bacon grease kept me busy in the outfield between pitches.  I think I chewed on a string constantly for that first season.

/om nom nom
//still have the glove to this day
///now use it for an over 35 softball men's league
////still have the speed and the glove to play CF
//slashies, just like I hit 'em
 
2013-03-04 05:28:28 PM  
Used edge gel and played catch on my Wilson A2000L. Now my kid uses the stuff you apply and put in the oven, then rubber band a ball in it over night. I think it's called hot glove.
 
2013-03-04 05:33:36 PM  

m1ke: FACT:  The Astros will win less than 50 games this season.


Yay! Mariner's may not be last in the American League West this year!
 
2013-03-04 05:37:49 PM  
I slept on mine wrapped up in a rubber band. My dad put an oil on it, but I can't remember what it was. I still have it. I remembered it was one of those player edition signed gloves, so when I went to get it to fill in for someone at a softball game I grabbed it out of storage and checked it out.

Dave Kingman. Widely considered to be one of the worst fielders of all time. That's who signed it. The fact that his fielding percentage is low really hides the fact that he was also slow as hell.

I play like it too.
 
2013-03-04 05:40:56 PM  

gameshowhost: I played first, so I had a mitt.


I had binders and binders full of mitts.
 
2013-03-04 05:47:30 PM  
when did catchers gloves have a baseball sized pocket in them? i remember a super old glove given to me when i was a preteen in the early 70's. i would catch the ball in the pocket barely larger in  circumference then a baseball and then use my other hand to hold it in place.
 
2013-03-04 05:52:31 PM  

starlost: when did catchers gloves have a baseball sized pocket in them? i remember a super old glove given to me when i was a preteen in the early 70's. i would catch the ball in the pocket barely larger in  circumference then a baseball and then use my other hand to hold it in place.


Sounds like you just had a unique mitt. Here's one from 1940.
bb_catchers.tripod.com
Although from the pics they have it looks like the "oversized ball pocket" didn't come around until the 70s or so.
 
2013-03-04 06:06:03 PM  
I kinda want a new glove, but I haven't played since Jr High so it would be pointless.

/used the oil/rubber bands/ball + playing catch
//my glove is now rock solid in some places and is mostly stiff elsewhere now.
 
2013-03-04 06:08:54 PM  
Neatsfoot oil.  (I have no idea what a Neat is, or why oil from its foot is so good...)

You can buy it in 4-ounce bottles, usually marked "glove oil"
 
2013-03-04 06:12:45 PM  

Treygreen13: I slept on mine wrapped up in a rubber band. My dad put an oil on it, but I can't remember what it was. I still have it. I remembered it was one of those player edition signed gloves, so when I went to get it to fill in for someone at a softball game I grabbed it out of storage and checked it out.

Dave Kingman. Widely considered to be one of the worst fielders of all time. That's who signed it. The fact that his fielding percentage is low really hides the fact that he was also slow as hell.

I play like it too.


What do I think of Kingman's glove?  What the fark kinda question is that? What do I think of Kingman's glove? He wrapped it around a ball and ran over it with his car three times, and you ask me what I think think about his glove?

///RIP Tommy Bevacqua
 
2013-03-04 06:16:54 PM  
I still have my Dale Murphy glove
 
2013-03-04 06:20:11 PM  
thanks for the reply Treygreen13 but that isn't the glove.
i can best describe it as a perfectly shaped capital letter O with a smaller o exactly in the middle and the padding was uniform around the glove. there wasn't webbing. you had to catch the ball exactly in the pocket and then trap the ball because the glove was very stiff and squeezing the ball was almost impossible. i also got a dom dimaggio glove from the old guy but i only heard of don dimaggio so i thought both gloves where the walmart/china knockoffs of the day.
 
2013-03-04 06:25:22 PM  

starlost: thanks for the reply Treygreen13 but that isn't the glove.
i can best describe it as a perfectly shaped capital letter O with a smaller o exactly in the middle and the padding was uniform around the glove. there wasn't webbing. you had to catch the ball exactly in the pocket and then trap the ball because the glove was very stiff and squeezing the ball was almost impossible. i also got a dom dimaggio glove from the old guy but i only heard of don dimaggio so i thought both gloves where the walmart/china knockoffs of the day.


There's a bunch of pics out there. Here's one from the 20s.
bb_catchers.tripod.com
And the one right before when the big pocket came around (they claim Johnny Bench popularized it) looked like this.
bb_catchers.tripod.com
 
2013-03-04 06:35:58 PM  

roc6783: ///RIP Tommy Bevacqua


so close.  Kurt Bevacqua.  So you go ask that fat little Italian what he thinks.  What do I think?  You're asking what I think about Kurt farkin' Bevacqua?  That little farkers couldn't hit farkin' water if he fell outta farkin' boat?  Don't ask me what I think about Kurt farkin' Bevacqua!  If I was pitching today, I'd be driving to his house and pickin the cocksucker up to drive him to the godamn ballpark every day because he can't farkin' hit anything!  don't farkin' ask me about kurt farkin' bevacqua!
 
2013-03-04 06:42:18 PM  
Treygren13
There's a bunch of pics out there. Here's one from the 20s

son of a gun. i think you found it. i forgot about the webbing because any dime store glove had more webbing in the 1970's. any ball with movement would bounce off the glove and get you in the face even as a 10 year old and loosen a tooth
 
2013-03-04 07:11:37 PM  
I always oiled the hell out of the glove, put a baseball in it, then parked the car on top of it.
 
2013-03-04 07:25:03 PM  

Timmy the Tumor: Neatsfoot oil.  (I have no idea what a Neat is, or why oil from its foot is so good...)

You can buy it in 4-ounce bottles, usually marked "glove oil"


This

+ baseball in webbing + bound with twine or shoelaces for a couple days
 
2013-03-04 07:39:09 PM  
Glove oil and a glove mallet work best for me.
 
2013-03-04 07:49:11 PM  
One  1972 "Joe Torre Model" Spalding First-Baseman's glove
One Jai-Alai ball (slightly smaller than a baseball)
One quart Rawlings glove oil
Twenty huge industrial strength rubber bands
One industrial clothes drier
Three bowling  balls.

=One glove used from 5th grade, until age 51, and was only relaced three times.
 
2013-03-04 08:17:51 PM  
I have two Nokona gloves(1B and C).  Made in the US and last forever when treated well.  Care instructions are pretty explicit: no microwave, no oven, no water(Harold Reynolds suggestion).  Just plain playing catch with it and using leather conditioner.  Shortcuts wreck gloves
 
2013-03-04 08:40:47 PM  

Timmy the Tumor: Neatsfoot oil.  (I have no idea what a Neat is, or why oil from its foot is so good...)

You can buy it in 4-ounce bottles, usually marked "glove oil"


Apparently its an old timey name for cattle. Its derived from their shins and feet (not hooves)
 
2013-03-04 09:05:41 PM  
I bought a baseball glove at a used sporting goods store for a co-rec league last season. Was the rattiest one on the rack, fit me perfectly and was completely broken in. Fantastic glove. It lives in my shoe bin by the door.

Here is a superior article on gloves (not necessarily about breaking them in); fairly certain it was linked on Fark at some point.

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/7801082/the-personal-nature-player -g love
 
2013-03-04 09:23:03 PM  
www.lobshots.com

Don't forget the huge glove Carlos Ruiz used to catch for R.A. Dickey at the All-Star game
 
2013-03-04 10:23:56 PM  
I hadn't played baseball since little league, but started slow-pitch softball at 13.  It was my first taste with prisons, my dad and his friends started a team to play prison teams.  I got a 14" outfielders glove, never used any liquids, just did the tie it up and played as often as my dad could set up games.  We had up to 3 games in a week.  Twenty years later, my company got a league going and I broke it out.  Still very flexible and a perfect pocket.  The challenge was I went from outfield to shortstop.  I started studying Jeter style of play and I pulled off a lot of the stuff he did.  I was glad the glove was so flexible, I would hold it open for grounders and just flip it to my throwing hand.  Darn league shut down due to too many injuries, the final one was a boss got his jaw broken while pitching.
 
2013-03-04 10:28:26 PM  
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2013-03-04 10:35:51 PM  

lack of warmth: the final one was a boss got his jaw broken while pitching.


You'd think the boss would have gotten use to having balls on his chin on the way up the corporate ladder
 
2013-03-04 11:09:39 PM  

neuroflare: I kinda want a new glove, but I haven't played since Jr High so it would be pointless.


I haven't played since I was in high school... but my 8-year-old found one of my old gloves a few weeks ago, and wanted to play catch, so I took it as an invitation to buy a new glove.

A little neat's foot oil, a ball in the pocket, and some time, and the leather behaved like it did 20+ years ago. Soon, it will get hot coffee.

Oh, and as far as the kid goes, he did fine passing a tennis ball. But when we went up to the horsehide, he started to be a bit afraid of the heavier ball. I tried to calm him down, and gave him a very easy toss. He played it off his fingertips. A ball hitting a forehead sounds just like it did in 1993.

But I've got a glove to break in. Everything else is cake.
 
2013-03-04 11:41:26 PM  

Maud Dib: A one paragraph article, then a link to a paywall?
Bad subby.


Yeah, this.
 
2013-03-04 11:59:47 PM  

Gonz: Oh, and as far as the kid goes, he did fine passing a tennis ball. But when we went up to the horsehide, he started to be a bit afraid of the heavier ball. I tried to calm him down, and gave him a very easy toss. He played it off his fingertips. A ball hitting a forehead sounds just like it did in 1993.


I feel for him, that happened to me on the reg. I only got scared of it when I missed a fly ball in a tryout and got a goose egg on the forehead. Overcame that a year later when I played ball because I really wanted to, not because I felt obligated to. Maybe try one of the soft rubber balls; a little more heft, a little less intimidating to start.
 
2013-03-05 12:21:36 AM  

Smeggy Smurf: gameshowhost: I played first, so I had a mitt.

So you never won?


You 47%ers are all alike!
 
2013-03-05 12:55:22 AM  
glove oil, ball in the pocket, rubber bands for a day or two. Then, tons more glove oil, ball buried in the palm of the glove, rubber bands for two or three days. Then a bunch of breaking it in with whoever you knew who threw really hard.

My question is, the two gloves I used most growing up with had a finger "stall" on the back of the glove where your index finger stuck out of the back of the glove. Google seems to recognize it and has some for sale, but the last time I bought a glove (5-6 years ago) I couldn't find ANY on the racks that had it. Has it just fallen out of style?

Mostly played 2nd and some SS but still loved it in the outfield. Is it just a bygone thing now?
 
2013-03-05 01:05:28 AM  
You know who else has an "oversized ball pocket"?
 
2013-03-05 01:19:51 AM  

BKITU: Timmy the Tumor: Neatsfoot oil.  (I have no idea what a Neat is, or why oil from its foot is so good...)

You can buy it in 4-ounce bottles, usually marked "glove oil"

This

+ baseball in webbing + bound with twine or shoelaces for a couple days


This^^^
/and Neatsfoot oil comes from cow shins.
 
2013-03-05 01:27:52 AM  
Oil the shiat out of it and put a ball in the pocket and rubber band it.  Sleep with it under the pillow.  Works every time all the time.
 
2013-03-05 02:17:40 AM  
Mallet, weighted ball, a little conditioner, and lots of work is how broke in gloves. Now what is everyone's glove(s) of choice? Right now in my bag are a Willson A2000 1799 and the 2800 1st base mitt.
 
2013-03-05 02:18:45 AM  
So Bracamonte sticks to what he knows: a black, miniature hammer composed of broken wood, white tape and a baseball.

Why would a hammer be made out of broken wood, white tape and a baseball? Jesus, do any of these farktards know how to actually write anymore?
 
2013-03-05 02:20:34 AM  

lack of warmth: I hadn't played baseball since little league, but started slow-pitch softball at 13.  It was my first taste with prisons, my dad and his friends started a team to play prison teams.  I got a 14" outfielders glove, never used any liquids, just did the tie it up and played as often as my dad could set up games.  We had up to 3 games in a week.  Twenty years later, my company got a league going and I broke it out.  Still very flexible and a perfect pocket.  The challenge was I went from outfield to shortstop.  I started studying Jeter style of play and I pulled off a lot of the stuff he did.  I was glad the glove was so flexible, I would hold it open for grounders and just flip it to my throwing hand.  Darn league shut down due to too many injuries, the final one was a boss got his jaw broken while pitching.


And that's why I have a lacrosse helmet for when I pitch in tournaments
 
2013-03-05 02:42:32 AM  

lack of warmth: I hadn't played baseball since little league, but started slow-pitch softball at 13.  It was my first taste with prisons, my dad and his friends started a team to play prison teams.  I got a 14" outfielders glove, never used any liquids, just did the tie it up and played as often as my dad could set up games.  We had up to 3 games in a week.  Twenty years later, my company got a league going and I broke it out.  Still very flexible and a perfect pocket.  The challenge was I went from outfield to shortstop.  I started studying Jeter style of play and I pulled off a lot of the stuff he did.  I was glad the glove was so flexible, I would hold it open for grounders and just flip it to my throwing hand.  Darn league shut down due to too many injuries, the final one was a boss got his jaw broken while pitching.


Curious about the "Jeter style of play". How did becoming a raging homo help your game?

/boo, Yankees.
 
2013-03-05 02:44:41 AM  

TrainingWheelsNeeded: I just remember my dad using some kind of leather oil and rubber bands and of course a baseball in the palm of the glove.

/My four year old starts t-ball in a few weeks!


Have fun, have him hold his glove to the side of his body (so you don't hit him if he misses, because he will), throw at his glove (think darts), don't get frustrated, did I sat have fun?
 
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