Coming from a family of ball players, I have been fortunate enough to be handed over the reins of a series of family heirlooms from the golden era of baseball. Some were used by my old man. The others by his pop and his buddies. And my favourite among it all, was the Rawlings Heart of the hide mitt. Anyone who has ever played ball professionally or even come remotely close is well versed with a Rawlings.
The Heart of the hide is undoubtedly, the most popular and most widely used professional mitt from Rawlings. So, when I saw a baseball glove chair that was designed exactly, like the heart of the hide, I just knew that I had to get one for my home.
Well, it’s been a year since the Rawlings Heart of the Hide Glove Chair that includes a matching ottoman has been occupying prime real estate in my living room. Here’s what I feel about it.
Despite it being a chair, one of the main reasons why anyone would want to get a baseball glove chair home is because of the design.
And the Rawlings is flawlessly designed. In fact, it is designed by the same craftsmen who make the original heart of the hide mitt. The upholstery uses authentic Rawlings leather that is sourced from selected suppliers and uses only the top 5 % of steer hides. That is all the assurance about quality that you will ever need.
The baseball glove chair for adults is shaped like a left hand mitt and features five individual fingers that are wide, plush and thick. If you intend to use this like a lounger, you will love the additional back support.
The little pinky finger on this baseball glove chair features a small cushion for extra support while cuddling up with a book. The vintage Rawlings logo is positioned perfectly on the front of the chair and is printed in a contrasting red against the tan of the leather.
To further accentuate the design, the baseball glove chair for adults features a thick stitched webbing between the thumb and the index fingers and a stitch
detailing with metal loops that runs across the length of the chair.
The matching ottoman is not the conventional round one (thank Rawlings for it). Instead, this is shaped square and can easily double up as a baseball themed coffee table when you are not using it with the glove chair.
Spacious and comfortable
Most of the baseball furniture that I have come across in the market are designed for kids. A medium sized adult would find it a tad too cramped. That’s one of the reasons why I loved this Rawlings heart of the hide chair.
At 44 inches in height and 39 in depth, this is clearly a baseball glove chair for adults. It has a spacious seat that can easily accommodate even a large sized adult. The cushioning is top notch. It is not overly soft. But it isn’t rock hard either like some of the newer cushions tend to be.
When clubbed with the leather upholstery that wears beautifully over time, it makes for a very comfortable seating option that you can easily add to your living room or even your office.
Another very distinctive feature of this baseball glove chair from some of the other chairs that I have seen is that it has a very durable solid wooden frame and a base. The kids sometimes love to jump on it and so far, I have never heard even a single creak or an unexpected wobble. The chair is as durable as they come.
- Immaculate replica of the Rawlings heart of the hide mitt
- Styled to perfection with the webbing between the fingers and the stitch detailing across the length of the chair
- Rawlings logo on the front in a contrasting high-visibility color
- Sturdy solid wood frame with a heavy wooden base
- Made from the same leather that is used for making the original mitts
- Wears out beautifully to a very soft and supple texture with a patina
- Comfortable and plush cushioning
- Spacious seating area that makes it a baseball glove chair for adults
Verdict: If you are looking for the best sports chair for your home, office or just about any other place that you can think of, the Rawlings heart of the hide is the best option you have. It is a vintage classic and if you love baseball, you’d want to have a piece of the action in your home. At the same time, there are no tradeoffs in comfort or quality. With the matching ottoman, this can easily replace the old sofa set or worn out loveseat in your home. Hard to go wrong with it!