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Up for sale is aVintage 1940's Wilson 682 Split Finger Right Hand Throw SOFTBALL Fielder's Glovein above average condition. Talk about character, this old glove has TONS of it!!. This old beauty has just the right amount of age and patina. The leather is soft, smooth and a beautiful shade of brown. The stampings (especially the softball stamping, see photos for condition) are faded yet still quite visible. The lacing, piping and stitching are all in great shape, even the old school brass Wilson button shines great! The model number, as well as the rawhide lacing in the trap area without any additional leather attached is what dates this softball glove to the 1940's. Alright, let's discuss the manufacturer...
The Wilson Sporting Goods Company is an American sports equipment manufacturer based in Chicago, Illinois. Since 1989, it has been a subsidiary of the Finnish group Amer Sports. Wilson makes equipment for many sports, among them American football, badminton, baseball, basketball, fastpitch softball, golf, racquetball, soccer, squash, tennis, and volleyball.
The company also owns the brands Atec, DeMarini, EvoShield, Louisville Slugger, and Luxilon to provide sports equipment and protective gear for baseball, lacrosse, softball, and tennis.
The company traces its roots to the "Schwarzschild & Sulzberger" meatpacking company (later changed to "Sulzberger & Son's") based in New York, that operated meat packing slaughterhouses. Sulzberger & Son's founded the "Ashland Manufacturing Company" in 1913 to use animal by-products from its slaughterhouses. It started out in 1914, making tennis racket strings, violin strings, and surgical sutures, but soon expanded into baseball shoes and tennis racquets.
In 1915, Thomas E. Wilson, former president of meatpacker Morris & Company, was appointed President by the controlling banks and renamed the company "Thomas E. Wilson Company". The company acquired the Hetzinger Knitting Mills to produce athletic uniforms and a caddie bag company which produced golf balls but soon expanded into footballs and basketballs. In 1918, Wilson left to concentrate on the beef-packing business, changing the Sulzberger company to Wilson & Co. (which would ultimately become Iowa Beef Packers and then be taken over by Tyson Foods). The packing company continued to have control in the company until 1967 when it was sold to Ling-Temco-Vought.
Under new president Lawrence Blaine Icely, it acquired the "Chicago Sporting Goods Company" and struck a deal to supply the Chicago Cubs. It also hired Arch Turner, a leather designer who would design the leather football. In 1922, it introduced the Ray Schalk catcher's mitt which later became the standard. It worked with Knute Rockne to introduce the double-lined leather football and first valve football and the first waist-line football pants with pads. In 1925, it was renamed "Wilson-Western Sporting Goods" following a distribution agreement with "Western Sporting Goods".
Wilson makes a variety of baseball gloves for several different patterns: Wilson has 3 series of baseball gloves. The A2k, The a2000, And the A1k. The A2k is made from Wilson’s Pro Stock Select leather, which is made from triple sorting their famous pro stock leather. A stock A2k retails for US$350. The a2000 made from Wilson’s pro stock leather is the oldest glove series Wilson offers. The a2000 retails for US$250. The A1k is made from Wilson’s top-shelf leather and retails US$200. Some of Wilson’s most famous patterns include the Dp15, 1787, 1776, 1788, 1799, 2800, M1, 1791 Pudge, and many others.
If you collect vintage gloves, do not pass up the opportunity to own this one, you are not likely to find another one with this amount of character anytime soon. Buy Today!