While practicing bare hands since the emergence in the United States in the mid-eighteenth century modern rules of what will later become the baseball as we know it today, the first wearing gloves is commonly awarded to Charles "Charlie" Waitt, first base of the St. Louis Brown Stockings, during the 1975 season of the National Association, one of the two leagues ancestors of the MLB.
Despite a large number of sprains and fractured fingers, using gloves is synonymous with weakness. At first the player is mocked by his teammates and spectators who call him "Sissy" and he tries to hide the protection by using a pair of flesh-colored gloves, which are not yet those used by professionals of our days, but which look more like cycling rider's gloves, made from fine pieces of horse leather or suede, slightly padded and cut at the level of the fingers. They only protect the palms and their main function is to avoid injuries rather than to provide help to the fielders - as will be the case later. Other personal initiatives from this era of professional beginnings are reported: two gloves separated by a sheet of plomp by Henry Fabian, receiver of the New Orleans Pelicans and Silver Flint who uses slices of beef steak with the Chicago Colts!