How It's Made: Baseball Gloves

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Mizuno Baseball Glove Factory

Photograph By Tony Law for ESPN The Magazine

"The lace is as tough and hard as it gets," Rumer says. "It's the roughest part of the entire process." Here, after a worker has laced the glove by hand, a time-intensive process (the average worker laces between 12 and 16 gloves a day), he uses scissors to trim off the excess lace. Each lace has two different sides; every place where a lace shows, only a specific side should show, so each worker has to make sure the lace is precise.