This shirt is so soft that it feels like a home run.
- Short-Sleeve Lightweight T-Shirt
- 65% Polyester / 35% Ring-Spun Cotton
- Fabric weight: 4.5 oz (153 g/m2)
- Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
- Double-stitched sleeves and bottom hem
Before the introduction of the baseball cleats, shoes used in baseball were identical to the athletic shoes back in the day: high-tops, simple canvas uppers, and flat soles.
Paul Butler is credited with using spikes on his baseball shoes for the first time in the 1860s. His shoes had DIY spikes individually installed. The spikes are removable and a complete pair costs $1.50.
By the 1870s, steel-plated cleats were introduced, which are less expensive and can easily be installed. This started the downfall of shoes with individual spikes. By the 1880s, all-leather shoes marketed for baseball use was created by Waldo Claflin. These were purchased and used by the majority of baseball players during that time.
During the 1960s, baseball cleats would significantly change with the introduction of artificial turf. Initially, many players preferred flat-bottomed shoes when playing on them. Some just filed their metal cleats as it was not gripping properly on these artificial turfs. This prompted shoe manufacturers to create cleats specifically designed for the new turf, with rubber bumps replacing the spikes.
The changes in baseball cleats design were not just purely for performance issues. They were also because of safety concerns. Sharp metal spikes were banned in baseball cleats by 1976. In connection to this, plastic or mold cleats were then introduced in the 1980s. These changes helped baseball become safer not just for the players, but for their competitors as well.
Get your geek on and appreciate these five facts about the baseball cleats. If you’re deciding on what kind of baseball cleats to get, here’s a video on how to compare them. Also, here’s a guide on choosing the proper cleats.
Launched on: April 13, 2020