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Irving H. Franklin; supplied batting gloves for baseball stars

(Amy Sancetta/Associated Press/file 1988)
By J.M. Lawrence
Globe Correspondent / November 28, 2011
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In the 1980s, when baseball players wore a single golf glove at bat or no gloves at all, Irving H. Franklin made gloves manufactured by his company, Franklin Sports of Stoughton, a favorite in Major League clubhouses with the help of the Philadelphia Phillies star third baseman Mike Schmidt. “I thought about it, as baseball prohibits logos on uniforms, and told him to develop a batting glove with their logo on the back. Nothing is more visible than a hitter’s hands at the plate, and easier to market as well,’’ Schmidt said. Mr. Franklin died Nov. 10 at 93.

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