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FOR THE RECORD
November 21, 2011
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November 21, 2011

For The Record

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At age 93, Irving Franklin, cofounder of Franklin Sports. Following a brief stint in the scrap leather business, Franklin started his sporting goods company in 1946 with his brother Sydney, opening their first factory in Puerto Rico, where they produced baseball mitts. Irving later made his most lasting mark as a batting-glove innovator: Although scattered players had used golf gloves at the plate to protect their hands, Franklin, working with the Phillies' Mike Schmidt in '83, became the first to manufacture and market gloves specifically for hitting. Today his company provides batting gloves for more than 150 MLB players.

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