Catcher's Mitt used by Lloyd "Pepper" Bassett in the Negro Leagues

Catcher's Mitt used by Lloyd "Pepper" Bassett in the Negro Leagues

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Description (Brief)
Leather catcher's mitt with rawhide laces. This mitt was used by catcher, Lloyd "Pepper" Bassett during his career in the Negro Leagues. A seven time all-star, Bassett played in the Negro Leagues from 1934 to 1954, primarily with the Birmingham Black Barons.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Glove, Catcher's
glove, baseball
mitt, baseball
date made
1934 - 1954
Wilson Sporting Goods Company
Physical Description
leather (overall material)
overall: 2 1/2 in x 10 1/2 in x 12 1/2 in; 6.35 cm x 26.67 cm x 31.75 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Exidena Bassett
negro leagues
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Lloyd Pepper Bassett, better known as Uncle Pepper, was my dad’s brother. I have been looking for this mitt for years because I have paperwork showing Aunt Ex donated it to the Smithsonian Museum. I even contacted the museum and they said they had no records of it. I am glad to know it is still around.

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