How It's Made: Baseball Gloves

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Mizuno Baseball Glove Factory

Photograph By Tony Law for ESPN The Magazine

A machine turns the glove right-side out without damaging the leather. A hot iron with four finger-shaped prongs in itall but the thumbis taking what has been sewn together and pre-shaping it, smoothing it down and giving shape to the fingers. The thumb has its' own iron that it's already been through, so a stick is placed in the thumb channel to keep the thumb open while the glove is going through this process.