This catcher’s mitt belonged to George Anselm Sousa (1913-1995). George played catcher for the San Anselmo Merchants, the local semi-pro team which was organized in 1934. The buckle back mitt is a Goldsmith FingerGrip, Model WC, with a Bill Killefer endorsement. Goldsmith produced these mitts from about 1924 to the mid or late 1930s. This one dates from about 1928. It is made of heavy cowhide with leather laced edge and metal eyelets. Inked on the thumb back is “SAFD” (San Anselmo Fire Department).
Donated by Antone Sousa.