Alumnus Scott Carpenter (BFA 1994 Fine Arts) was recently featured in an article at MLB.com for his creation of an entirely synthetic baseball glove. Ten years in the making, the mitt had its Major League debut June 16 on the left hand of Yankees pitcher Brian Gordon, who himself was making his first start for the Bronx Bombers.
Carpenter eagerly made the trek from his hometown of Cooperstown, New York to attend the game. “I was ecstatic,” he told MLB.com. “I had chills. I almost couldn’t believe it. It’s something I’ve been imagining and hoping for for a long time.” But Carpenter had confidence in his project and his perseverance paid off. “I had a firm belief early on that the future of baseball gloves would be in synthetic materials and I believed that I could be the one to break it to the Major Leagues by making the first non-leather glove used in a Major League game,” he said.
Image: Scott Carpenter works on a glove in his studio. Courtesy of the artist.