His name was James E. Bennett. It was the year of 1904 when his spectacular yet bizarre catching apparatus was patented. Bennett’s invention was to replace the catchers glove all together. It was the wave of the future, a big wire cage went over the chest and protected the face with a fence shield. Once the pitched ball passed through the flapped doors they would close immediately, proceed to hit a padded springs against the chest, much like a bed mattress. The ball would then pass through a hole on the bottom where the catcher would grab it and continue with game play.
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