Nocona Texas Baseball Nokona Glove Company History

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Stories and Quotes on the various Nocona Major League Players who endorsed with Nocona!

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"Big-leaguers who endorsed Nokona gloves included shortstop Chico Carrasquel, pitcher Carl Erskine and utility infielder/outfielder (and future manager) Dick Williams , according to a company history called 75 Years: Nocona Ball Gloves, a Texas Tradition , written by Dallas' Joe Phillips, who served as an outside marketing consultant to the company from 1976 to 2004. Nolan Ryan has said he prized his Nokona glove as a youngster in Alvin, Texas.

The 1960s brought significant changes. A lot of baseball glove production moved abroad, first to Japan and then to other Asian countries, Phillips said. Meanwhile, player endorsements became too expensive for smaller companies such as Nocona.

Roberts Storey died in 1980, leaving the company in the hands of his sons Jim, who died in 1991, and Bobby, 81, Rob's father, who remains the "ambassador of the brand." Rob Storey has been managing the factory since the early 1990s.

Nocona retained dealer and customer loyalty by focusing on high-end gloves, said Phillips, who collects old baseball gloves and is known as "The Glove Collector." Baseball and softball gloves account for most of the company's business today."

JUST RELEASED! Made in the USA for Nearly A Century > The Texas Legend, Baseball Company > Nocona Athletic Goods (Baseball Gloves) Company History! Seventy-two pages full of colorful stories, vintage photos and interviews with the Major League players who played various roles with the company, plus many of the long-time associates of this Nocona Glove Company. Making gloves in the greatest tradition of baseball and American Manufacturing. Nolan Ryan was once quoted as saying, "you knew you had arrived when you got a Nokona."

Authored By: Baseball Glove Historian Joe Phillips, who spent 30 years working with the company in various roles.

This is the epic American Piece of a family-owned company -- "CAN DO" all the way. We now have a limited supply of these books still available. This book will channel memories of the yesteryear in the making of baseball gloves here in the United States. Virtually a lost art today. Discover the employees and major league players who helped make this company a historic treasure. Here are what some readers have touted about this Nocona History:

Really enjoyed your book! Lots of interesting information especially about the (Nokona Glove) endorsers and the way they signed them to contracts. Those were indeed different times. . . enjoyed the stories about their glove production for Special Services during WWII and Doc” Hughes and his Mexican glove dealings.

Greg Gleiss

Yo ur Nokona book really rocks. What a perfect blend of text and photos. -- Jim Rydberg

---"Reading Joe Phillips’ wonderful history of Nocona gloves made me not only want to run out to play catch but sing the national anthem, too. Through his meticulous research spanning 75 years he tells the fascinating story of a “modest family-owned company” that is still going strong as the last of the “all-American ball glove companies.” This book takes you on a behind-the-scene tour of the factory where the industry’s top craftsmen (and women!) have plied their trade for generations. It offers exclusive interviews with baseball legends who endorsed the brand, from Carl Erskine to Elroy Face. The photos of vintage gloves and celebrities like Jim Thorpe and movie star Alan Ladd, many published here for the first time, are alone worth the purchase price. 75 Years Nocona Ball Gloves A Texas Tradition is the best book on our leathered friends, setting the standard by which all others will be measured.---

David Seideman, v

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