Baseball Gloves Patents (Class 2/19)
  • Patent number: 10376769
    Abstract: A method and system of a training aid to assist a user to learn to catch including a pair of gloves in which at least a portion of an outer surface of a trainee's glove is attached to at least a portion of an inner surface of a trainer's glove to allow the trainer to guide the trainee's glove into proper positions used during catching. Alternatively, a belt portion is attached around the thumb and pinky of the trainee's glove and trainer's glove to attach the gloves to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher Anthony Silva, Christopher Stewart Silva, Brian Zeck, John Mccoll
  • Patent number: 10368596
    Abstract: A ball glove for catching the ball includes a front glove portion, a back glove portion coupled to the front glove portion to define a hand cavity having a thumb stall. The thumb stall has a back side and a palm side. A metacarpal sling extends within the hand cavity. The sling extends from a thumb side of the back glove portion to a pinky side of the back glove portion and continuing along the back side of the thumb stall to the palm side of the thumb stall so as to support the first metacarpal on a person's hand when the person's hand is positioned within the hand cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventor: Shigeaki Aso
  • Patent number: 9855486
    Abstract: A protective baseball sliding glove is a device for protecting the user's hand when the user is sliding into a base. The user is able to position his or her hand within a hand-enclosing rigid housing that is then placed into a glove that covers the hand-enclosing rigid housing and a portion of the user's forearm. The user is able to grasp a cross-brace within the hand-enclosing rigid housing, anchoring the user's hand within the hand-enclosing rigid housing. The position of the cross-brace may be adjusted via a plurality of adjustment holes on the hand-enclosing rigid housing that allows the user to move the cross-brace to his or her comfort. A securing stabilizer strap may be utilized to secure the glove as well as provide structural support and rigidity to the user's wrist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventors: Gerda Shupe, Brodie Ross Penquite
  • Patent number: 9839832
    Abstract: A ball glove has a hollow zone at a ball impact zone. The hollow zone accommodates a drop-in assembly to provide adequate protection to the wearer of the ball glove without imparting stiffness to the crotch area or the ball impact zone of the ball glove. The ball glove opens/closes easily so as to provide control which players are seeking and creates a game-day-ready pocket based on the individual player's ball catching habits in a short period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: TRION CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kan Aoki
  • Patent number: 9802104
    Abstract: A protective digit shield for a protective sports glove, the shield having a hard chassis portion and an energy absorbing portion forming a hinge. The chassis portion provides an arcuate channel in which the thumb/digit is received. The chassis is segmented along the longitudinal axis to provide a proximal portion and a distal portion corresponding generally with the proximal and distal phalanx bones of the thumb/digit. A resilient, energy absorbing element along the channel provides separation between the chassis and forms a living hinge such that the chassis can rotate. The energy absorbing element may also include a damping element along opposing edges at the segmented joint to absorb and dissipate forces and prevent hyperextension. In an alternate embodiment, the energy absorbing element is replaced with a connection cable for connecting the portions of the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: WM. T. BURNETT IP, LLC
    Inventor: Michael G. Cox
  • Patent number: 9662561
    Abstract: A glove for baseball and softball is configured from joining a first panel and a second panel to form a glove shell. The glove shell has a thumb stall, a first finger stall, and a second finger stall. A notch extends upwardly from the heel of the glove. A palm section is divided into two portions, where a flexible seam extends between the two portions, where the flexible seam will be fabricated from a flexible material Any underlying padding in the palm section will also be divided by the flexible seam. A web member extends upwardly from the palm section. The web member is divided into two panels, where the two panels are joined by a flexible connecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: Ronald J. Valenti
  • Patent number: 9642405
    Abstract: A glove has a top panel and a bottom panel. The top panel has a proximal end. The proximal end defines at least a portion of a cuff of the glove. The proximal end has a length. A strip of loop material extends along the top panel and has a length longer than the length of the proximal end of the top panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Mechanix Wear, Incorporated
    Inventor: Kenneth Safford
  • Patent number: 9636568
    Abstract: A glove includes: a first leather member on a side of a ball catching plane; a second leather member disposed to face the first leather member; and a connection portion in which the first leather member and the second leather member are connected at a part of an outer peripheral portion of the ball catching plane. The connection portion includes a first loop contiguous to the first leather member and having a central axis, a second loop disposed adjacent to the first loop in a direction along the central axis and contiguous to the second leather member, and a string member passing through the first loop and the second loop along the central axis. At least one identical string member passes through the first loop and the second loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: MIZUNO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Norifumi Ito, Mieko Nagano, Kenji Maeda, Shigeki Kuroda
  • Patent number: 9630083
    Abstract: Glove for use in weightlifting or other activities in which an object is gripped. The glove has pads of moldable, malleable, substantially cohesive material on the palm and fingers that conforms to the contours of the object and a hand wearing the glove and retains its shape without hardening to provide a firm, solid grip between the hand and the object. The palm section and the finger stalls are fabricated of thin, flexible material, and the pads overlie fleshier parts of the palm and fingers, with gaps between the pads extending along joint lines of the palm and fingers and the elastic material in the gaps providing hinges which flex along the joint lines and allow adjacent ones of the pads to come together to form a substantially continuous gripping surface when the hand and glove are curled about the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Implus Footcare, LLC
    Inventor: David Patrick McCrane
  • Patent number: 9616316
    Abstract: A goaltender glove including a finger portion, a thumb portion and a webbed pocket extending therebetween to collectively form a catching area. The webbed pocket can include a rigid support element that extends into at least one of the finger portion and the thumb portion, and is connected to the same via an interface element. The support element pivots about the interface element, with a free end of the element pivoting away from or through a portion of the main shell to prevent excessive bending and stress on the element. The glove can include a selectively manually replaceable mitt, which can be replaced with another mitt, or removed for servicing the mitt or glove. The mitt can be attached to the main shell via an elastic member joined with the finger portion to enable fingers in the finger portion and the mitt to move together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Warrior Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter B. Smith, Neal A. Watts, Eric D. Marvin
  • Patent number: 9504900
    Abstract: A goaltender glove including a finger portion, a thumb portion and a webbed pocket extending therebetween to collectively form a catching area. The webbed pocket can include a rigid support element that extends into at least one of the finger portion and the thumb portion, and is connected to the same via an interface element. The support element pivots about the interface element, with a free end of the element pivoting away from or through a portion of the main shell to prevent excessive bending and stress on the element. The glove can include a selectively manually replaceable mitt, which can be replaced with another mitt, or removed for servicing the mitt or glove. The mitt can be attached to the main shell via an elastic member joined with the finger portion to enable fingers in the finger portion and the mitt to move together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Warrior Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter B. Smith, Neal A. Watts, Eric D. Marvin
  • Patent number: 9446299
    Abstract: A baseball fielding glove capable of receiving a human hand is provided. The glove comprises an exterior glove shell and an interior glove liner. The glove comprises a strut in place of traditional webbing. Further, the glove's exterior shell corresponding to the palm of a wearer comprises a plurality of perforations for enhancing ventilation. The fielding glove disclosed is readily adjustable eliminating the need for a breaking-in process. A tensioning cord extending between the strut and finger/thumb stalls of the glove provide an enhanced degree of adjustable characteristics to the glove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy J. Hewitt, Matthew Hudson, Mark McNamee, Mark A. Wong
  • Patent number: 9393480
    Abstract: A closed-back athletic glove capable of receiving a human hand is provided. The glove comprises an exterior glove having a wrist back portion corresponding approximately to the area where the back of the user's hand meets the user's wrist. A wrist strap is connected to the interior surface of the exterior glove shell at a first attachment point. The wrist strap runs from the first attachment point along a portion of the interior surface of the wrist back portion to a second attachment point. An adjustment pad is connected to the wrist strap such that when the glove is worn by the user, the adjustment pad is between the wrist strap and the user's hand and such that when the wrist strap is tightened, the wrist strap exerts a force on the adjustment pad that tightens the adjustment pad against the user's hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Garth Roy Gibby
  • Patent number: 9211467
    Abstract: An athletic glove capable of receiving a human hand is provided. The glove comprises an exterior glove shell having a palm side portion and a back portion and an interior glove liner connected together to form index, middle, ring, and pinky finger sheaths and a thumb sheath. A glove webbing is connected to and extends between the thumb sheath and the index finger sheath. A middle layer is located between the exterior shell and the interior liner. One or more low-elasticity strengthening inserts are affixed to the palm-side portion of the exterior glove shell. The inserts maintain the integrity of the exterior glove shell after repeated use of the glove by limiting the amount the exterior glove shell stretches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark McNamee
  • Publication number: 20150113695
    Abstract: Increased popularity of youth softball and baseball leagues have resulted in nearly 2 million injuries annually. Most sports related injuries occur during practice due to a lack of safety precautions, but are preventable. Protective equipment is available for baseball/softball sports, but there is a lack of protection for the knuckles, wrist, and elbow. These areas are vulnerable to a direct impact of the ball and can result in serious injury. The KWE Protector may prevent and decrease injury to the key areas of the hand and arm (knuckle, wrist, and elbow) for continual use and productivity in the baseball/softball sport. The KWE Protector will have protective padding areas covering the key areas that will allow the player to easily move the arm. The KWE Protector will be available for both male and females of youth and adolescents to provide adequate protection and continued enjoyment of the sport for everyone involved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Taliya R. Robinson
  • Publication number: 20150096094
    Abstract: A device to aid in conditioning a baseball glove, namely in the formation and/or maintenance of a baseball pocket, typically includes one or more balls, two or more securement members for maintaining the glove in a closed position with the ball inside the glove, the securement member being defined by one or more looped cord or strap members, a pair of elongated bistable spring members, or a pair of elongated bendable rod members, and a means for coupling the securement members to the one or more balls. The ball is placed in a baseball glove proximate a desired location for the baseball pocket, and the securement members are fed through a slot defined between two of the fingers of the glove and wrapped around the exterior of the glove to force the ball deeper into the desired location for the baseball pocket and secure the glove around the ball.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Christopher Elliott
  • Publication number: 20150089705
    Abstract: A glove includes: a first leather member on a side of a ball catching plane; a second leather member disposed to face the first leather member; and a connection portion in which the first leather member and the second leather member are connected at a part of an outer peripheral portion of the ball catching plane. The connection portion includes a first loop contiguous to the first leather member and having a central axis, a second loop disposed adjacent to the first loop in a direction along the central axis and contiguous to the second leather member, and a string member passing through the first loop and the second loop along the central axis. At least one identical string member passes through the first loop and the second loop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Norifumi Ito, Mieko Nagano, Kenji Maeda, Shigeki Kuroda
  • Publication number: 20150082504
    Abstract: An easy to use ball-catching glove is used by toddlers as their first glove. It is padded by the thickness and characteristic shock-absorbing quality of Plastisol, gum rubber, silicone rubber material, soft plastic material, any of a variety of materials or combinations of materials having a hardness value in a range of 10 to 90 on a Shore 00 hardness scale, or any rubber-like material or other material from which it is molded as one piece. The glove is highly malleable and resilient, with living hinges that assist in the ease of opening and closing the glove. The exterior surface of the glove is a high friction surface to assist the ball staying on the glove until the fingers and thumb can be wrapped around it. The glove is brightly colored and toy-like in shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: John D. Neff
  • Patent number: 8918914
    Abstract: A glove and a method for making a glove comprising a web region, a finger region, a thumb region, at least one visual indicia aperture, at least one backing member aperture, and wherein at least one backing member, with an attached indicia member, is removably inserted into said backing member aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Estorge
  • Patent number: 8844063
    Abstract: Disclosed is a form-fitting glove and catching device that provides sports fans with a ready means to catch a ball entering the spectator seating area while not reducing the wearer's ability to handle items will the glove is worn. The device comprises a glove having a body region covering the palm region and backside region of the wearer's hand, a thumb portion, a forefinger portion and a plurality of shortened finger portions. Spanning between the thumb and forefinger portions is a mitt web material for accepting a baseball or similar sports ball therein. The palm region includes a layer of protective padding, while the base of the body region comprises an opening having a strap securement means. The mitt web is a woven or netted material being secured along its periphery to the exterior portion of the thumb portion and forefinger, or alternatively to the thumb portion and middle finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Newman
  • Publication number: 20140259257
    Abstract: A baseball fielding glove capable of receiving a human hand is provided. The glove comprises an exterior glove shell and an interior glove liner. The glove comprises a strut in place of traditional webbing. Further, the glove's exterior shell corresponding to the palm of a wearer comprises a plurality of perforations for enhancing ventilation. The fielding glove disclosed is readily adjustable eliminating the need for a breaking-in process. A tensioning cord extending between the strut and finger/thumb stalls of the glove provide an enhanced degree of adjustable characteristics to the glove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy J. Hewitt, Matthew Hudson, Mark McNamee, Mark A. Wong
  • Publication number: 20140208478
    Abstract: A glove liner includes a pad running diagonally across the palm of the hand. When the glove liner is inserted into a baseball fielder's glove, the pad underlies a heel of the glove and/or a palm of the glove and promotes catching a baseball in the webbing or pocket of the fielder's glove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventor: Jose A. Salinas
  • Patent number: 8656513
    Abstract: A force attenuation system for a sports glove is disclosed. The force attenuation system includes a pair of foam layers surrounding a fluid-filled chamber. This configuration allows the force attenuation system to reduce forces that a hand experiences when catching a ball with the sports glove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Barry Plocher
  • Patent number: 8621665
    Abstract: The present invention is a novelty mitt to be worn on a person's hand at a sporting event such as baseball game. In one embodiment, the novelty mitt comprises a flexible base having inner and outer surfaces, left and right edges, and a bottom edge. The flexible base further comprises a lower portion, a left upper portion, a central upper portion, and a right upper portion. The central upper portion is spaced apart and disposed between the left and right upper portions. The outer surface of the left and right upper portions are removably engaged with the inner surface of the central upper portion to form the curved shape of the novelty mitt. The novelty mitt further comprises first, second, third, fourth and fifth finger pockets removably engaged with the outer surface of the flexible base to accommodate different size hands. The novelty mitt further comprises a wrist strap removably engaged with the lower portion of the flexible base to secure the novelty mitt to the person's hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Jeremiah Joseph Lowney
  • Publication number: 20130283490
    Abstract: A glove with a protective insert is disclosed. The protective insert can be a hard piece of plastic and can be disposed within the rear ply of a baseball or softball glove. The protective insert can prevent injury to a user's hand when the user attempts to tag out a base runner on the opposing team. The protective insert can also prevent a user's finger from bending backwards when that user catches a hard-thrown ball outside the center section of the glove. A glove can have one or more protective inserts. The glove can have only one protective insert to protect a user's thumb, or can have multiple inserts to protect the thumb and one or more fingers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: Mizuno USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Tim Rumer, Bernardo Rangos Linga, JR., Felipe Sanchez Marquez, JR.
  • Publication number: 20130185838
    Abstract: Disclosed is a form-fitting glove and catching device that provides sports fans with a ready means to catch a ball entering the spectator seating area while not reducing the wearer's ability to handle items will the glove is worn. The device comprises a glove having a body region covering the palm region and backside region of the wearer's hand, a thumb portion, a forefinger portion and a plurality of shortened finger portions. Spanning between the thumb and forefinger portions is a mitt web material for accepting a baseball or similar sports ball therein. The palm region includes a layer of protective padding, while the base of the body region comprises an opening having a strap securement means. The mitt web is a woven or netted material being secured along its periphery to the exterior portion of the thumb portion and forefinger, or alternatively to the thumb portion and middle finger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventor: Robert Newman
  • Publication number: 20130167281
    Abstract: This invention relates to a Sole baseball glove/mitt sole and a method of making the same such that a stamped, injection embossed molded glove shell parts may be achieved and recycled. This way the materials we use will go through many cycles of design, manufacture and use. A baseball glove having a foam rubber padding shell with low rebound and energy damping properties is constructed as a shoe sole. A baseball glove method comprising an air, EVA balls, gas or gel bladder disposed insert prior for a sole assembly of a shoe. A further object of the present invention is to provide a consistent flex pattern by the appropriate pre-curved system design while improving traditional glove design details and materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: JAMES EDWARD JENNINGS
  • Publication number: 20130145513
    Abstract: The invention provides an Improved Fielding Glove which eliminates the index finger and middle finger slots. The exterior of the glove reflects these slots, but the interior area provides a single four-finger slot having inner loop for the fingers. All four fingers are placed into this area. The thumb slot of the Improved Fielding Glove includes a wider leather strap for improved gripping. This construction of the Improved Fielding Glove provides the player with better control of the mitt and makes it easier to grab the ball in the deep pocket area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventor: Rodney Steiner
  • Publication number: 20130061363
    Abstract: A glove and a method for making a glove comprising a web region, a finger region, a thumb region, at least one visual indicia aperture, at least one backing member aperture, and wherein at least one backing member, with an attached indicia member, is removably inserted into said backing member aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventor: Mark Estorge
  • Publication number: 20130036523
    Abstract: A glove worn within a conventional baseball mitt to protect the wrist and hand. The glove generally comprises a fitted glove of soft leather with a plurality of attached non-springy, shock absorbing cushions including a radioulnar cushion extending proximally one to three inches up the forearm from a first end at the wrist crease to a second end and in width a distance sufficient to cover the palmar side of the wrist, and a carpal cushion extending distally from the wrist crease a distance sufficient to cover the carpometacarpal joint of the hand and in width a distance sufficient to cover the carpometacarpal joint of all five digits, including the carpal cushion including a line of reduced padding, typically compressive stitching, extending from the first wrist crease edge to the distal edge which edge may be arcuate to provide additional protection and conform to the shape of the ball glove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventor: Charles H. Webster
  • Patent number: 8370963
    Abstract: A baseball glove comprises a palm section, a finger section, a thumb section, and a web section between the fingers and thumb sections. The finger section comprises four finger stalls. The outermost finger stall is wide enough to accommodate two fingers and a rigid insert is inserted into the outermost finger stall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Russell Brands, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald P. Laliberty
  • Publication number: 20120255095
    Abstract: A ball glove includes a rear strap or back strap that is adjustable to accommodate different hand configurations and sizes. The back strap includes multiple spaced apart openings, or sets of openings, through which one or more laces or other connecting elements may be threaded. A user may adjust the length of the back strap by threading the laces through the openings that yield the best strap-length for his or her hand or wrist. The back strap optionally includes a top portion and a bottom portion that are detachably connected to each other, such that the top portion may be replaced with a different top portion embroidered with—or otherwise displaying—a wearer's jersey number, team logo, or other desired feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventors: James Trevor Anderson, John Mun, Thomas Hoke
  • Patent number: 8251842
    Abstract: A system and training method adapted to assist an individual in improving his or her basketball shooting skills and accuracy. The system includes an apparatus and glove that can be used independently or together. The apparatus is adapted for mounting to a basketball rim and includes flexible paddles for mounting to the rim so that the paddles project upwardly from the rim. The glove is adapted to be worn on the shooting hand and includes fingers, wrist and backhand portions. The fingers portion has three separate sleeves interconnected by elastic webs therebetween. The backhand portion interconnects the fingers portion to the wrist portion. The glove is configured so that the three middle fingers of the shooting hand are individually inserted into the sleeves and elastically held together by the webs, while allowing the thumb and outer finger of the shooting hand to spread outward and support the basketball during shooting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Ronald L. Heflin, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8220071
    Abstract: A ball glove having a palmar panel, a dorsal panel, and a webbing may have a palmar force attenuation system, a dorsal force attenuation system, or both. The palmar panel and dorsal panel may define a hand cavity having five finger voids. The webbing may be secured to the ball glove and may be positioned between finger voids for the thumb and index fingers. A palmar force attenuation system may include at least one chamber sealed to enclose a fluid. A majority of the palmar force attenuation system may be positioned between the front surface of the palmar panel and the hand void. The palmar force attenuation system may be L-shaped, and it may enclose a foam structure. A dorsal force attenuation system may include at least one chamber sealed to enclose a fluid and may be secured to the dorsal panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew A. Rhoades, Joe Watson, Mark McNamee, Barry Plocher
  • Publication number: 20120117703
    Abstract: Baseball catcher's protective handwear including a catcher's mitt and an improved non-connected inner glove for wearing inside the mitt, the inner glove including (1) a tactile palm-surrounding portion which leaves at least the little finger, ring finger, middle finger and thumb substantially uncovered, (2) a supple index-finger portion that has padding affixed thereto over the phalanges, and (3) padding affixed over the metacarpal region of the palm adjacent to the index finger, thereby to provide continuous protection to the most crucially-vulnerable parts of a baseball player's hand, while simultaneously providing properties of gripping-finger-and-thumb freedom, glove-interior surface feel and in-mitt hand adjustment closely similar to that of a naked hand inside an outer glove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventors: Jason Jaramillo, Lee Jaramillo
  • Patent number: 8156571
    Abstract: A baseball glove 10 is provided with an indicia apparatus 12 which allows the user to view recorded data when desired. The baseball glove 10 includes a transparent member 34 which is coupled to and spaced from the back wall 14 of the glove so that an accessible open area 36 is formed between the wall and transparent member. A first planar shaped member 42 is provided having predetermined recorded indicia 44 thereon which is slidably held under the transparent member 34 so that the indicia thereon is visible. A second planer shaped member 46 is coupled to the glove above and adjacent the transparent member 34 so that it can be pivoted to conceal or reveal the recorded indicia on the transparent member as desired. A coupling member 50 is provided so that the second planar shaped member 46 can be coupled to cover the transparent member 34 and conceal the recorded indicia 44 when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventor: Phillip Barzilla
  • Publication number: 20120079641
    Abstract: A sports glove includes a glove and a pouch. The glove is adapted to be worn on a first hand of a player, the glove having an inner portion and an outer portion. The pouch is attached to the outer portion of the glove and comprises an outer layer having a peripheral edge and being constructed of rugged but flexible material, and at least one inner layer having a peripheral edge and being constructed of an insulating material. The outer layer and the at least one inner layer are attached to the outer portion of the glove along at least a portion of their corresponding peripheral edges so as to thereby define an opening between the pouch and the glove such that the opening is oriented and sized to receive a second hand of the player while the glove is worn on the first hand of the player.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventor: Christen Nicole Kirchner
  • Publication number: 20120017344
    Abstract: A baseball glove 10 is provided with an indicia apparatus 12 which allows the user to view recorded data when desired. The baseball glove 10 includes a transparent member 34 which is coupled to and spaced from the back wall 14 of the glove so that an accessible open area 36 is formed between the wall and transparent member. A first planar shaped member 42 is provided having predetermined recorded indicia 44 thereon which is slidably held under the transparent member 34 so that the indicia thereon is visible. A second planer shaped member 46 is coupled to the glove above and adjacent the transparent member 34 so that it can be pivoted to conceal or reveal the recorded indicia on the transparent member as desired. A coupling member 50 is provided so that the second planar shaped member 46 can be coupled to cover the transparent member 34 and conceal the recorded indicia 44 when desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventor: Phillip Barzilla
  • Patent number: 8065744
    Abstract: A glove has fingers. The glove include a spaced thumb. The glove includes an arcuate lower edge. The glove includes an opening located centrally. The glove has upwardly projecting side edges. A web is secured between the thumb and fingers. In this manner an arcuate upper edge is formed. The glove has an insert. The insert has limited flexibility. The insert is in an arcuate configuration. The insert is secured within the glove. The insert has ends. A width line is provided between the ends. An enlarged pocket is provided in the glove. Stiffener is provided below and a width line above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventor: Joseph Amerigo Magno
  • Publication number: 20110265239
    Abstract: An anti-shock batting glove adapted to receive a thumb and forefingers of a hand, including: a dorsal side for covering a dorsal side of the hand, and a palmar side for covering a palm of a hand. The palmar side comprises a plurality of detached finger pads adapted to limit shock to a batter's hand encountered during batting. The plurality of detached finger pads comprise a palm pad configured to cover a lower portion of a palm of the hand, a first finger pad configured to cover a metacarpal of a pinky finger, a second finger pad configured to cover a metacarpal and a phalange of a ring finger, a third finger pad configured to cover a metacarpal, a proximal phalange, and an intermediate phalange of a middle finger, and a fourth finger pad configured to cover an area between a thumb and an index finger. Other aspects, embodiments, and features are also claimed and discussed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Applicant: MIZUNO USA, INC.
    Inventors: TAKAYUKI KANEMITSU, TAMOTSU DOI, CHAD ROBERTSON, KEI KATO, JUNKO HARADA, KAZUHIRO KUME
  • Patent number: 7954169
    Abstract: An athletic glove having an enhanced flexibility features for assisting in the opening and closing of the glove. A glove can include a front ply forming a palm and front portion and a back ply forming a back portion. The peripheries of the front and back plies attached together to form the glove. The glove includes a thumb stall, at least on finger stall, a hand receiving opening, a heel portion of the front ply, and a web portion positioned between the thumb stall and the finger stall. The glove further includes at least one predefined fold in the palm, such that the fold increases the flexibility of the glove and thereby facilitates the opening and closing of the glove. The glove can also comprise a notch formed in the back ply between the finger stall and the hand receiving opening to further increase the flexibility of the glove. Other embodiments are also claimed and described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Mizuno USA
    Inventors: Tim Rumer, Kenji Maeda, Tuan Le
  • Publication number: 20110113521
    Abstract: A protective glove system featuring built-in adjustable straps to secure the digits of the wearer's hand in a manner similar to “buddy taping” of the fingers to restrain and support an injured finger and “thumb spica” taping to protect an injured thumb. Several variations of gloves featuring dual finger stalls with integral straps above and below the proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joints of the wearer's fingers, and an integral thumb spica loop are disclosed which are appropriate for securing the digits of the wearer's hand to prevent re-injury and promote healing, or to prevent injury. Baseball fielding gloves having dual finger stalls compatible with the glove system are also disclosed, along with other features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventor: Craig Dewayne Bradford
  • Publication number: 20110107493
    Abstract: Baseball gloves with enhanced visual perceivability are described. In embodiments, the baseball glove comprises a glove body having visual indicia positioned on the glove body. The visual markers on the glove body can have a substantially contrasting color to that of the glove body. The color of the visual marker can also me substantially contrasting to the anticipated physical background of the wearer of the glove. The anticipated physical background may depend on the field position of the wearer of the baseball glove. The color of the visual markers may be selected to provide the maximum contrast between the anticipated physical background and the visual markers, thereby enhancing a fielder's ability to detect the glove using his or her peripheral vision.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Applicant: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: Joe Watson, Alan W. Reichow
  • Publication number: 20110083242
    Abstract: A baseball glove comprises a palm section, a finger section, a thumb section, and a web section between the fingers and thumb sections. The finger section comprises four finger stalls. The outermost finger stall is wide enough to accommodate two fingers and a rigid insert is inserted into the outermost finger stall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventor: Ronald P. Laliberty
  • Patent number: 7891017
    Abstract: A ball catching tool for baseball or softball includes a thumb-stall receiving the thumb, an index-finger-stall receiving the index finger, a middle-finger-stall receiving the middle finger, a ring-finger-stall receiving the ring finger and a little-finger-stall receiving the little finger; wherein a ball catching assisting portion of at least 6.15 mm and at most 26.6 mm in height is provided on a ball catching side surface of the thumb-stall or its root portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Mizuno Corporation
    Inventors: Michiharu Tsukamoto, Daisuke Kogawa, Norifumi Ito, Kei Kato
  • Patent number: 7882567
    Abstract: A baseball or softball glove includes a strap to provide a compressive force across the fingers of a hand inserted into the glove. The compressive force facilitates the snapping the glove to catch and secure a ball. Additionally, the ring finger and the pinky finger may be inserted into the same finger stall of the glove to compensate for the weakness of the ring finger in making the snapping motion. The glove is still given the appearance of providing a separate finger stall for each finger. A guide wall is placed across the entrance to the unused finger stall to maneuver the ring finger into the pinky stall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Nascimento, Barry Plocher
  • Publication number: 20110016596
    Abstract: A ball glove having a palmar panel, a dorsal panel, and a webbing may have a palmar force attenuation system, a dorsal force attenuation system, or both. The palmar panel and dorsal panel may define a hand cavity having five finger voids. The webbing may be secured to the ball glove and may be positioned between finger voids for the thumb and index fingers. A palmar force attenuation system may include at least one chamber sealed to enclose a fluid. A majority of the palmar force attenuation system may be positioned between the front surface of the palmar panel and the hand void. The palmar force attenuation system may be L-shaped, and it may enclose a foam structure. A dorsal force attenuation system may include at least one chamber sealed to enclose a fluid and may be secured to the dorsal panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Applicant: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew A. Rhoades, Joe Watson, Mark McNamee, Barry Plocher
  • Patent number: 7841017
    Abstract: A glove comprising a palm-side outer skin, a back-side outer skin, and a back-side inner skin, wherein a finger inserting space part into which a finger can be inserted between an inner surface of the back-side inner skin and an inner surface of the palm-side outer skin is constituted by sewing the back-side inner skin on an inner surface of the palm-side outer skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Trion Corporation
    Inventor: Akio Aoki
  • Publication number: 20100263101
    Abstract: A glove has fingers. The glove include a spaced thumb. The glove includes an arcuate lower edge. The glove includes an opening located centrally. The glove has upwardly projecting side edges. A web is secured between the thumb and fingers. In this manner an arcuate upper edge is formed. The glove has an insert. The insert has limited flexibility. The insert is in an arcuate configuration. The insert is secured within the glove. The insert has ends. A width line is provided between the ends. An enlarged pocket is provided in the glove. Stiffener is provided below and a width line above.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventor: Joseph Amerigo Magno
  • Publication number: 20100096282
    Abstract: A combination food or beverage tray and catching mitt for stadium concessions is provided. When present in an unfolded position, the combination is in the form of a food or beverage tray which is suitable for supporting various food and beverage items. When present in a folded position, the combination is in the form of a catching mitt which is suitable for catching a projectile object such as a baseball or the like. In the inventive method, a user grips the combination via a gripping arrangement, and folds the combination along a fold line to convert it from a tray into a catching mitt. The combination may then be used to catch a ball by retaining it between opposing panels of the structure. The inventive combinations are lightweight and economical, and may additionally be imprinted with team logos or messages to serve as marketing materials or souvenirs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Inventor: STEVEN M. ROBERTS