Breaking in a New Baseball Glove

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Hi, I’m Korissa and I have been helping my husband break-in his baseball gloves for the last 6 summers. I think it is important to do because breaking in a new baseball glove is a time-honored spring ritual for pros and amateurs alike.

Step 1: Gathering Supplies

You will need a few basic items: two clean rags; shaving cream; a baseball or softball (depending on your game); and three feet of heavy string. Professional ballplayers may insist on a particular brand of shaving cream, but in truth, the brand doesn't matter. Because the process can be messy, you should work outdoors, in the garage, or even in your bathroom. Do not attempt this procedure anywhere near the carpet in your living room.

Step 2: Step 1: Shaving Cream

Using a clean rag, begin by gently applying a thin layer of shaving cream to the external parts of the glove. Be careful not to overdo it: too much shaving cream will damage the leather. After letting the glove dry overnight, take the ball and pound it several times into the palm of the glove to form a pocket.

Step 3: Step 2: Glove

Wedge the ball into the palm, wrap the string around the glove with the ball inside, and tie it tightly. Let the glove sit for at least three or four days, and then remove the string, wipe the glove with a clean rag, and head out to the ball field.

Step 4: End Results

The glove is flexible, though not floppy, with a pocket snug enough to hold a ball caught on the run in the deep center field. During the season, be sure to clean the glove regularly to keep the leather from cracking. And never, no matter what else you do, never leave your glove out in the rain.

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