Tag:Irving H. Franklin
Posted on: November 11, 2011 5:46 pm

Batting glove pioneer Franklin, dies at 93

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Irving H. Franklin may not be a household name in baseball circles, but his name is ubiquitous in Major League Baseball.

Franklin, a pioneer of the batting glove and co-founder of Franklin Sports, passed away Thursday at the age of 93, the company announced on Friday.

Franklin founded the company with his brother Sydney Franklin in 1946.

According to the press release, most gloves worn before 1983 were golf-style gloves before Franklin met with Mike Schmidt during spring training that year to work on what would be the company's batting glove. Later the company became the "official batting glove of Major League Baseball."

Services will be held for Franklin on Sunday in Brockton, Mass.

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