Baseball gloves today come in all shapes and sizes. When the game of baseball was invented in the 1800’s players didn’t use gloves at all. In the modern day game of baseball, there is a glove for virtually every position on the field. Custom baseball gloves allow you to customize your glove for size, performance, quality, and style. So what glove is best for you? Below is a guide for the types of gloves used by position.
Catcher's mitts – catcher's mitts are called "mitts" because they lack individual fingers. They have extra padding and provide a good target for pitchers. Catcher’s mitts sizes are measured around the circumference and typically have 32 to 34 inch patterns.
First basemen's mitts - like catcher’s mitts first basemen's mitts are called “mitts” because they also lack individual fingers. First basemen’s mitts are long and designed to scoop errant throws from infielders. Sizes generally range from 12.5 to 13 inches measured from the wrist to the tip of the glove.
Infielders' gloves - infielder's gloves are usually smaller and lighter than other gloves. They have shallow pockets that allow infielders to catch and remove the ball quickly in order to make a throw to a base. Sizes generally range from 11 to 12 inches measured from the wrist to the tip of the glove.
Outfielder's gloves - outfielder's gloves are typically longer gloves with deep pockets that allow the outfielder to haul in fly balls on the run or in a dive. Sizes generally range from 12 inches to 14 inches measured from the wrist to the tip of the glove.
Pitchers' gloves - pitcher's gloves are generally around 12" and have a closed web to conceal the ball. You don't want the batter to know that devastating curve or slider is coming.
Youth gloves – youth gloves are generally smaller versions of the outfielder's or pitcher's gloves. Sizes typically range from 9 to 11.5 inches. Youth catcher's mitts generally measure 30 inches in circumference.
All of the above gloves can be customized to fit your needs – performance, quality, durability, and style. Several manufacturers allow you to essentially build your glove from scratch. Select from the pattern size, the web design, back style, type of leather, color of leather, welt, lace, and index pad. Finish it off with your name embroidered on the back of the thumb.
Major baseball glove manufacturers include Rawlings, Wilson, Mizuno, Nike, TPX, Nokona, Akadema, Glovesmith, SSK, Easton, Louisville Slugger, Worth, Yennaco, and PM Custom Gloves.