When shopping for baseball gloves, one of the first things that buyers look into is the brand. When the brand looks and sounds familiar to them, they automatically assume that they make quality gloves. And that’s true most of the time.
Buying baseball gloves for the first time? To help you make the best purchase possible, you may want to look at the list of the top baseball glove manufacturers (in no particular order):
Wilson Sporting Goods, or Wilson for short, is one of the most recognized names in the area of sporting equipment. Formerly a meatpacking company, Wilson (then as Ashland Manufacturing Company) started making animal by-products which, among them, included baseball gloves.
Wilson is known for its series of baseball gloves: the A2k, the A2000 and the A1k, the A2000 being the oldest one in the series. The A2k and the A2000 is made from Wilson’s Pro Stock leather while the A1k is made from Wilson’s top shelf life leather.
Now, many of baseball’s most illustrious stars wear Wilson’s gloves. Renowned glove designer Shigeaki Aso, aka “The Glove Guru,” has been with Wilson for more than 40 years and is the company’s Master Craftsman. One of Aso’s first creations, the A2000 1786, became one of the company’s best-selling gloves and is still in production today.
The St. Louis, Missouri-based spoting goods company is the choice of most Major League players. It revolutionized baseball glove design by introducing the world’s first baseball glove “pocket.” In 1920, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bill Doak suggested that a web be sewn between the thumb and the first finger to create a pocket. That design would eventually become the standard for baseball gloves. Doak’s invention was basically the precursor of the modern baseball glove design. In 1957, Rawlings introduced the Gold Glove award, which is the Oscars of baseball gloves.
Rawlings is known for its popular glove series: the Gold Glove, the Heritage, the Heart of the Hide, the Pro Preferred and the Gold Glove Collection.
Mizuno is another popular name when it comes to baseball brands. The Japanese sporting goods company, which began in 1906 by brothers Rihachi and Rizo Mizuno in Osaka, has prided itself for making high-quality sporting equipment for many decades. Their passion and commitment to quality shows in their gloves, which are some of the highest-performing and most comfortable baseball gloves in the world. Their US headquarters is now based in Norcross, Georgia.
Founded in 1926 in Nocona (yes, with a “c”), Texas, Nokona has always been family-oriented and still sticks to the tradition in making baseball gloves. Plus, Nokona is one of the few baseball glove makers that can truly call itself as all-American: its gloves are made with top-grain American leather which are provided to them by local ranchers, and are tanned only in the USA to the company’s highest specifications and standards. All of the gloves are painstakingly handmade so you are sure that you are getting the best quality gloves that are truly 100% American.
Marucci Sports, or simply Marucci, is a name that is often associated with premium quality sports equipment and apparel, which includes of course the baseball gloves. Many seasoned MLB players like David Ortiz, Albert Pujol and Andrew McCutchen do not hesitate to invest in high-quality baseball gloves, and for this reason they choose to use and/or endorse Marucci gloves.
The fact that Marucci knows its way to make premium quality gloves is not so surprising, since it was founded by two now-retired baseball players, Kurt Ainsworth and Joe Lawrence, both of whom used to be Big Leaguers.
Among the most popular Marucci series are Pro Founders, Adjustable, Honor the Game, BR450 and RS225, among others.