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When you played, finger in or out of the glove?

Index finger in or out of the glove?  

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  1. 1. Index finger in or out of the glove?

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Great topic. I wasn't even aware that keeping the pinky and ring finger together was even an option. Curious to give that a try.

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When it was an open back glove, finger was out. But on a "Fastback" or "Holdster" (I think that was the Rawlings terminology), I couldn't get the finger out as I did just what you did. To this day, I'm far more more comfy with pinky and third finger in the pinky slot. I still have my glove from when I played from 12 to 18. The Brooks Robinson model circa '74. BrooksGlove.jpg

Wilson Jimmy Piersall model for me. I also still have mine. It's one of my treasured possessions.

I lusted after a Rawlings glove, but could never give up the Wilson.

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When I played softball, I moved my fingers to the left to free up the index finger slot. Not that it made any difference. Our team was so terrible that we used Michael Jackson as a mascot, because we all wore a glove on one hand for no apparent reason.

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Out. Then again, I always had a Rawlings glove with the special hole for your index finger only. I was the only kid with one like it in LL. After I saw Cesar Cedeno using one that's the one I had to have.

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Always in... I think it may have had something to do with me not physically maturing as soon as most boys my age and my hands being so darn small. Once I finally did grow, i was so used to it being in it didn't matter.

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Just for fun. Did you put your index finger out over the glove? Or tucked in safe and sound?

I believe it was out. But it's been well over 50 years ago when I played.

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Next question: did you have 10 inch strings hanging from your glove like Manny?

I was obsessive about keeping all the leather strings tied and tight. I even re-strung mine a few times and took some heel padding out as I heard Brooks did that.

Other notes about things mentioned in this thread:

- I used a batting glove as a kid as it was trendy (but only at bat, not under my glove in the field). But as I got older, I abandoned it. I liked the feel of the bat (and glove leather) in my hand.

- I was also fond of wooden bats and went against the grain and used wood only as I got to high school, even through the adult leagues. Guys would yell "Here comes a Woody. Pull in." And I'd hit it over the joker's head ;)

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Out. I used a Mizuno glove (which I still own) for most of my playing days and it was a little too painful to the index finger when you caught a line drive or hard throw right in the web. I tried wearing a batting glove under the glove once but it just felt wrong.

I had a MacGregor. Smaller, like 2B/SS glove. My cousin had a MacG, much bigger, more like an outfielder's glove. It was actually his Dad's. That thing... sucked in balls like a black hole! Best glove I ever used.

And out. Never used a glove batting or fielding.

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When it was an open back glove, finger was out. But on a "Fastback" or "Holdster" (I think that was the Rawlings terminology), I couldn't get the finger out as I did just what you did. To this day, I'm far more more comfy with pinky and third finger in the pinky slot. I still have my glove from when I played from 12 to 18. The Brooks Robinson model circa '74. BrooksGlove.jpg

Mine was actually a Joe Morgan model. :P With the Adjusta-wrist. Whatever that was.

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When I played softball, I moved my fingers to the left to free up the index finger slot. Not that it made any difference. Our team was so terrible that we used Michael Jackson as a mascot, because we all wore a glove on one hand for no apparent reason.

You're a southpaw?

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