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How It's Made: Baseball Gloves

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Mizuno Baseball Glove Factory

Photograph By Tony Law for ESPN The Magazine

An operator uses cut-outs molded into the various shapes of the glove parts to cut each individual piece from the hide. The palm of the glove is the biggest section and typically, Mizuno Business Unit Manager Tim Rumer says, "you try to cut the palm of the glove from the back tail-side of the cow because that's where the hides are the strongest." The total number of leather pieces used in making each glove is 25-30, depending on the pattern/model.