I couldn’t find this in a search, which surprised me. I apologize if this has been covered.
I just bought my son his first “big guy” baseball glove, in preparation for the upcoming season. Still not completely full sized, but much bigger than the dinky numbers he used in tee-ball and “coach pitch.” I was more thrilled than he was (just the smell of a new glove–wow! the promise of a new season), but I guess that’s beside the point.
I found a thread on general leather care here that suggested store-bought leather conditioners. And that might be exactly the answer I’m looking for. But I recall from my youth different techniques/methods used to treat a glove in getting it ready for the season–to condition it, protect it, make it supple.
I knew a guy who rubbed shaving cream into his glove. One of my friends’ dad had this can of oil (I don’t remember what it was) that he used to rub into my friend’s mitt, burnishing it until it shined. I knew a guy who rubbed vaseline into the pocket of his glove (he said it kept it from cracking).
Anyway, is anyone aware of a tried-and-true technique for treating a mitt, especially a new one? I’m interested even if the method used (e.g., shaving cream) is one that is not typically associated with the treatment of leather (in general) and baseball gloves (in particular).
And someone also told me last season (and I forgot it) of a technique for instantly breaking in a new glove that involved rubbing something into the leather, wrapping the glove in tin foil and baking it. Anyone familiar with this, or was he pulling my leg?