Old Leather, Bill Jurges & Fielding Stats

An interesting post on the Angel’s blog Halo’s Heaven about an old glove the writer found, and some interesting things he learned about the player whose name was on it, and some questions he has about how equipment has changed statistics…

Anyway, back to the glove.  When you put on, the “fingers” barely extend past my own, and doesn’t feature much of a pocket.  The webbing consists of a lone strap of leather about 2 inches long between the thumb and index finger.  Compared to modern-day gloves, the gloves from this era could not match the advantages players had with gloves made over the last 40-50 years.  How much did this impact pre-1950 hitting stats when diving plays by an infielder were not benefited by gloves that extended an additional 3 to 4 inches and featured a deeper pocket and webbing?  How many home runs are brought back into the park by outfielders reaching over the fence with over-sized gloves?

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