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Doug Allison was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania back in 1846.  I have no information on his childhood or even his parents name.  what I can offer you is of course the rest of the story so let’s begin.

Just before he turned 22 he was working as a bricklayer in Philadelphia when he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio.  That move changed his life forever, for you see he started playing baseball in what then was a non-professional team.  He became a defensive specialist; his job was simply to catch a ball.  Back then a fielder could put the batter out by a catch on the first bounce.  Catchers back then would stand 20 feet behind the batter however, he changed that by getting closer to the batter which proved effective in curtailing baserunners from stealing bases. 

He was one of the first professional baseball players, his MLB debut was for the Washington Olympics in 1871.  His last game was played in 1883 for the Baltimore Orioles.  After his career he worked for the Post Office Department in Washington, D.C.  however, can you tell me what he is most noted for in the annals of professional baseball?  Okay times up he was the earliest known player to use a glove when he donned a buckskin mitten to protect his hands back in 1870. 

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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Kudo's to Doug; one position on the ball field I wanted nothing to do with!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Oct 05, 2016 09:59 PM #1
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I wonder if that mitt was preserved and would be at Cooperstown? 

Oct 05, 2016 10:08 PM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is a really good one. Thanks for the information.

Oct 05, 2016 10:13 PM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Never ever heard of Doug! What else is new? Enjoy your day!

Oct 05, 2016 10:31 PM #4
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray,

very interesting! I've never heard of Doug or his claim to fame..thanks for your morning tidbit of history!

Oct 05, 2016 10:43 PM #5
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Necessity is the mother of invention! After you catch a couple of pitches from a regular mitt, self preservation sets in! Thanks as always for the blog.

Oct 05, 2016 11:06 PM #6
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

First to wear a baseball glove....very clever guy!  Hard to imagine today playing without one!

Oct 06, 2016 02:00 AM #7
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

They should be calling them Baseball Dougs instead of  Mitts! Thanks for sharing James Dray 

Oct 06, 2016 02:09 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Interesting fact James, one has to take good care of their hands.  A

Oct 06, 2016 03:04 AM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I thought you were going to say that he was the first one elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame..... I missed another one!

Oct 06, 2016 04:03 AM #10
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I don't blame him for using a glove. After 9 innings, I'm sure his hand was red and swollen.

Oct 06, 2016 11:16 AM #11
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello James

Doug Allison was a very interesting figure in baseball, wow and thanks for the history lesson!

Oct 06, 2016 03:27 PM #12
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

This is the man a lot of catchers have to thank for hand protection. I can't believe that catchers actually never used hand protection before. 

Oct 07, 2016 02:27 PM #13
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I really love these profiles as a format! There's a lot of creative formatting going on—on the blogs lately! :)

Oct 07, 2016 08:28 PM #14
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I suppose you're right, Debbie! it hadn't occurred to me, but you're totally right! Debbie Laity

Oct 07, 2016 08:29 PM #15
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Loved it, James. You always come up with such interesting stories. I recently saw a documentary about this.

Oct 10, 2016 05:00 PM #16
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