If I have caught a foul ball it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants

“Combined cap and baseball mitt,” A patent by Richard Villalobos, 1983.

 

This is meant for fans, not players. The idea is that if a foul ball comes towards you, you may not have time to grab a glove you’ve stashed at your feet. Rather, you quickly slip your hand into the cap-mounted glove and snag the foul with your hat still attached to the back of your hand.

One thought on “If I have caught a foul ball it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants

  1. Artie Prendergast-Smith says:

    _Rather, you quickly slip your hand into the cap-mounted glove and snag the foul with your hat still attached to the back of your hand._

    My understanding was that the crown of the hat is meant to go in front of your hand. For example Fig. 7 shows the protective pad inside the crown, and this is where the ball is supposed to end up.

    Either way, it doesn’t strike me as very practical: it seems that the bill of the hat would make it very awkward to get your hand inside the glove in time to make the catch.

    Among the (many!) related ideas, I think that https://patents.google.com/patent/US20070113321A1
    has the most practical implementation. It doesn’t look great, though…

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