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Old 06-14-07, 11:44 AM   #1
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Baseball Mitt

Without a doubt, most of you played baseball as a kid. I don't care if it was the little league or pros, I was in my buddies car for lunch and saw his baseball glove. We started talking about all the different ways we broke them in.

How did you do it?

My ways:
Shaving cream rubbed into leather then baked in oven.
Placing ball in glove, then under mattress.
Leather Conditioner.
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Old 06-14-07, 11:47 AM   #2
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Just broke it in through use.
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Old 06-14-07, 11:48 AM   #3
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Oil up the glove with something like 3-in-1 oil
Put a couple of baseballs in the webbing
Close it up with a big thick rubber band.

The best way to break it in, though, was to play catch for hours on end.
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Old 06-14-07, 11:49 AM   #4
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Heavy leather conditioner then put a baseball inside and wrapped for twine/string for two or three days.
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Just broke it in through use.
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Old 06-14-07, 11:58 AM   #6
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Neet's foot oil (available at the tack and saddle shop, yes I lived in a very small town out in the country), and a ball in the pocket, wrapped up with rubber bands for a couple of days. Then played catch.

I had one glove that I got in 8th grade and I played all the way through college with it. It was a Wilson George Brett Autograph model, just a bit bigger than my hand (I played 3d and SS, so you want a small glove there). The inside had rotted out so I had to wear a batting glove underneath, and I think I had it restrung a couple of times. It was so soft and like an extension of my hand.

I got it stolen from a softball game (okay, it was an excuse to drink way too much beer) sometime during law school. I'd give $500 to get that glove back....

Good memories.
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Old 06-14-07, 12:03 PM   #7
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My first one was a Rawlings RPG-44 model with a Mickey Rivers autograph in the pocket.

I also still have an old Louisville Slugger Steve Garvey autograph model firstbasemen's mitt.

Good stuff!
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Old 06-14-07, 12:36 PM   #8
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I used leather oil with the ball in the mitt, tied closed with string to break mine in. But it never came out the way I like it.

So I borrowed my big bro's mitt that was shaped perfectly... that was 10+ years ago. I still use it. It's an older black Tony Gwynn model glove.

That also reminds me that I need to oil it soon.
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I just did this for my son earlier this spring. Bought some ball glove condtioner and applied it many times. Wrapped the ball up tight inside the pocket and left it for several days. Of course use helps as well, but conditioning the glove does speed things up. It is especially important for young kids with little hands.
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I soak mine in anabolic steriods and the tears of kids who found out their heroes are cheaters.
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Old 06-14-07, 01:15 PM   #11
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Heavy leather conditioner then put a baseball inside and wrapped for twine/string for two or three days.
+1 That's how we always did it.....wrapped with a belt.
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Rubbed it w/ baby oil, jammed a softball into the pocket and wrapped it w/ shoe laces.
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vasoline....it sounds wierd, but it works. it does a great job of cleaning and protecting the leather.
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Old 06-14-07, 02:49 PM   #14
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I bought a "pre-broken-in" glove once. It was great for about 5 games and useless after that. It was like trying to catch with a wet towel wrapped around your hand.
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Old 06-14-07, 03:02 PM   #15
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I got it stolen from a softball game (okay, it was an excuse to drink way too much beer) sometime during law school. I'd give $500 to get that glove back....
I know what you mean. I still have my Carl Yastremski "Triple Crown" model that I played high school ball with.

I used a similar method of break-in.... neats-foot oil, ball-in-pocket, and rubber bands. But when I played ball more seriously as an adult, I added another twist. I always had a "game" glove, and a "backup" glove. The gamer was a good, familiar glove that was completely broken in and only used for live games, ones that counted in the stats. The back-up was a new or newer glove, that was still in the process of being broken in and not completely trustworthy ( ). I used it in practice, for spring training, and for emergencies when the gamer blew a lace (that happened more often than you might think - I was a 1st baseman).

Later in life, before I quit the game altogether, neats-foot oil was getting harder and harder to find. I never found a modern chemical to be equivalent, and I tried them all. But heavy usage eventually made them all playable.

Oh - and I never, ever used a glove in a softball game that was broken in for baseball, and vice-versa. Gloves that had seen use as softball gloves typically had pockets that would let the smaller baseball rattle around in, and the best way to ruin a gamer hardball glove is to make it do double duty fooling around with softball.
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Old 06-14-07, 03:02 PM   #16
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vasoline....it sounds wierd, but it works. it does a great job of cleaning and protecting the leather.
Actually, now that you mention it, I forgot about the vasoline. My dad would rub it good with some glove oil he bought in store, put a ball into it, then cover it with vasoline, then wrap it shut with a belt.

I think the vasoline was to seal the oil on it.
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I soak mine in anabolic steriods and the tears of kids who found out their heroes are cheaters.
Is that the Barry Bonds or Mark McGwire model? haha!
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Neither - Sammy Sosa
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Or throw a dart into any MLB locker room and name the glove after whoever it hits. Personally, I wear a Rafeal Palmero.

And on topic, I seem to recall using some sort of leather conditioner of dads, a ball in the webbing and a belt. I really sucked at baseball as a kid, and I grew up in Texas, where football is the king of sports.
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Actually, now that you mention it, I forgot about the vasoline. My dad would rub it good with some glove oil he bought in store, put a ball into it, then cover it with vasoline, then wrap it shut with a belt.

I think the vasoline was to seal the oil on it.

When my buddy told me that, I thought he was joking. Then he said he does it all the time to both his glove and his sons. I tried it, then put a ball in it and left it in the trunk of my car and the heat just softened it up great. I was suprised.
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I spit in it and slap Jon in the face a few times. The oils from his acne soften it up pronto.
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I got an old mitt from the 60's. So perfectly broken in. It was and still is awesome.
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Nothing softens up a baseball glove like the blood of the innocent. Go ahead, try it!

jsharr's method is pretty good, too.
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Neet's foot oil (available at the tack and saddle shop, yes I lived in a very small town out in the country), and a ball in the pocket, wrapped up with rubber bands for a couple of days. Then played catch.

Exactly. And we could get Neet's Foot Oil in the suburbs of New York City, so I guess it's not *that* rare.

I still have the first baseman's mitt I bought 36 years ago for Little League...maybe I can use it for a saddle cover?
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