Nokona Athletic Goods Company ( Texas States) : The oldest handcrafted ball gloves in the United States


( Since 1934, in Nocona, Texas, premium ball gloves have been handcrafted by skilled American workers, using the world’s highest quality leathers. Many of these people have dedicated their lives to producing the finest baseball and softball gloves, so that each glove can be used with confidence and pride.

Nokona gloves are individually cut, stamped, stitched, laced, and embroidered, which gives each one its own unique identity and feel.

Today, Nokona is focused on the future, applying many of the same principles that have guided our past – quality, craftsmanship, innovation, integrity, and a commitment to our employees, suppliers, customers, and our country. They continue to put classic American workmanship into every glove, using techniques developed over the past 80+ years.

The first Nokona glove was stitched together in 1934.

By then, Nocona the town -- named after the former Comanche chief, Peta Nocona, and situated about halfway between Gainesville and Wichita Falls – had already built a rich tradition of leather.

Sitting along the heart of the cattle-driving Chisholm Trail, Nocona was home to Justin Boots starting in the 1880s. When Justin moved to Fort Worth, the founder's daughter, Enid Justin, started a boot business of her own: Nocona Boot Company.

It was Storey's great-grandfather, a banker named Cad McCall, who laid the foundation for the ball gloves.

McCall founded Nocona Leather Goods, a purse and wallet manufacturer, in 1926. Four years later, McCall named his son-in-law, Bob Storey, company president. Storey soon moved Nocona Leather into the sporting goods business, and then to ball gloves.

The only hangup -- aside from weathering the Great Depression -- was the name. "Big Bob" wanted to trademark the name "Nocona," but the U.S. Trademark Office denied it, ruling he couldn't trademark a town's name.

So he tweaked the spelling, replacing the "c" with a "k." It's been the same ever since, and the Nokona chief logo, a nod to the hometown's namesake, is still stamped on the gloves.

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