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on February 19, 2013
My dad bought me a Nokona catcher's glove in the '60s to keep our pitchers from breaking my thumb. It was a thing of beauty---thick, soft, red-brown leather that broke in quickly and was a joy every time I saw it, even more so when I caught with it. My hand safe, I was free to really enjoy catching.
This Shoeless Joe glove recaptures that aura of greatness. It is truly beautiful (well, to a catcher at least), with a soft, thick leather that you just don't see in gloves anymore. Smells incredible. It also is a deep reddish-brown---looks very much like the illustration. Out of the box it is game-ready---broken in nicely.
Though it has a look and feel of an old-time catcher's glove, it is functionally a terrific glove. A little thicker, heavier than many newer gloves, but there is protection and sturdiness in it that many modern styles lack. It really protects the hand, but does not feel at all bulky to me. It has more of an open design---not a "fastback" or hand-hugger model. It does have a wrist guard...but it is well-shaped and placed---does not get in the way at all.
My hands are average-sized, probably a little slender for a catcher, but the 34" glove does not feel too big for me. It feels...great. Like my lovely old Nokona.
I use this glove to work with pitchers & catchers (as a HS coach)---I rarely have a fielder's glove on my hand---always a catcher's mitt. I'm going to love working with this one. I plan to pass it on to my son for when he plays catch with his own kids.
I wanted one of these from the first time I saw a picture of it. Sometimes that results in disappointment when the real thing shows up. The opposite is true here---the glove is nicer than even the illustrations show; it surpassed my expectations.
on January 7, 2015
Got this 32# last spring as my 10 year old son's hands were TOO big for the Little League provided gloves (he hadn't caught in 3 years). Broke in very quickly & he was using it in a couple days. He loves the feel, the wrist protector and of course, the smell.
He also plays center on a travel team. This became the go-to glove for those coaches to warm up pitchers. Oh yeah, the glove must have superpowers, because my kid got a reasonable amount of time in at catcher on that team last year as well....