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Products America’s Pastime. American Made.™

In a place called Nocona, Texas premium ball gloves have been designed and handcrafted since 1934. For generations, the people of this small town have dedicated their lives to provide the best baseball product, made right here in America, so that you can use it with great pride and confidence.

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An authentic 9” glove made of genuine leather.
A terrific baby gift, loved by toddlers as well - perfectly sized for them!.

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New to Nokona!

NEW to Nokona, the classic American-made glove can be personalized to your specifications! Choose your style, size, web, laces, and embroidery, and your Nokona will be handcrafted just for you. Before you know it, you will be using it with pride.

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* Custom Nokonas will be shipped from our factory
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Made in the USA

America’s pastime. American made™. Since 1934, Nokona has been producing ball gloves for America’s pastime right here in the United States. Made with top-grain American hides provided by American ranchers, our leathers are tanned in the USA to Nokona’s specifications. This ensures that the highest American and Nokona standards are met so that you can wear your glove with great confidence and pride. Nokona gloves are still produced in the very same small town in Texas, where Nokona all started in the 1920s. They are made by Americans who carefully cut, stamp, stitch, lace, and embroider each glove by hand. Each Nokona has its own unique identity and feel, based on the careful selection of leather per part and its hand-crafted construction. Nokona puts classic American workmanship into every glove, using special techniques developed for close to 80 years. You can visit the Nokona factory to see how a glove is made.


Tour Information

Mondays and Fridays10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m

Admission:

  • $5.00 per adult
  • Free for students with ID
Note that the Admission price is refundable for merchandise purchased in our Factory Store.

Visit the Nokona factory to see how America's ball glove is made. You will see each part of the process – from leather selection and cutting, to stamping, embroidery, forming, stitching, and lacing. There are so many steps to handcrafting a Nokona, and you will see every one. Located in Nocona, Texas, the factory is just a 2-hour drive north of Dallas.

To schedule a Group Tour, please contact us at 1-800-433-0957 or tours@nokona.com

Nokona Factory

We are Nokona


Our Story

  • Nocona Leather Goods

    1926

    Nocona Leather Goods was established

    and manufactured leather purses,

    wallets and other small leather products.

  • 1932

    1932

    Following the Great Depression, the company
    forced to reorganize and began to consider other
    opportunities in leather goods.

    R.E. Storey, the young and new president of
    Nocona Leather Goods, was a former college athlete
    and saw the potential in producing leather sporting goods.

    They started with both baseball and football lines.

  • 1934

    1934

    Nokona produced
    its first baseball gloves.

  • 1942

    1942

    World War II

    Nokona turned all production to
    ball gloves for the US Army.

    Over 250,000 gloves per year were shipped to
    Europe and the South Pacific for servicemen's
    "health and welfare" during the war.
    They played their favorite sport when they
    could take a break from battle.

    The model made?
    The Tony York Nokona G12

  • 1949

    1949

    "Always Look for the Original All-American
    When Buying" was Nokona's slogan.

    Nokona promoted the line by honoring
    the Native American tradition surrounding
    the Texas town, and featured an image
    of Chief Peta Nocona. This became the
    iconic Nokona logo, still sewn onto every glove.

    "The rugged fearlessness of Nocona,
    Chief of the Comanches, was the most stirring
    inspiration we could use … for as Nocona led his
    tribe with strength and endurance, so does
    Nokona Leather Goods lead the athletic
    leather goods field in strong, hard-wearing equipment."

  • 1950s

    1950s

    Nokona introduced kangaroo leather ball gloves.

    Kangaroo Logo
  • 1953

    1953

    Carl Erskine set the new strikeout record
    wearing his Nokona G-57 glove.

  • 1957

    1957

    Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan bought his
    first baseball glove. It was a Nokona.

    "My first glove was a Nokona. One of my favorite
    childhood memories going down to Alvin Hardware
    with my dad when I was seven years old and
    picking out my own glove. I chose the Nokona because
    it reminded me of the gloves I saw the pros wearing.
    My Nokona was very special to me."

    - Nolan Ryan

  • 1960s

    1960s

    Nokona was committed to manufacturing in the U.S.,
    despite mounting pressure as other companies began
    importing cheaper gloves made overseas. When Nokona's
    President was asked to import cheaper-made products,
    he said,

    "If I have to import and send my
    employees home, I would rather just
    quit and go fishing."

    Needless to say, production stayed right here in America.
    The company's reputation as
    "the last American glove maker" began.

  • 1970s

    1970s

    Nokona became more focused on football products,
    as the prices of competitors' baseball gloves fell
    because of cheap import labor. 75% of Nokona
    products were football related at that time!

    Nokona began making larger gloves,
    specifically for softball.

  • Early 1990s

    1980s - 1990s

    Nokona diversified into other areas, producing the
    majority of the night vision goggle harnesses for
    the Gulf Storm war in Iraq.

  • 2006

    2006

    Nokona was devastated by a fire that burned through
    the 50-plus year-old factory. Fortunately, nobody was
    injured and Nokona was able to salvage important tools
    that are used like steel cutting dies that used to make the gloves,
    as well as relic stamps from decades past.

    Nokona employees and the entire community rallied
    around, and were determined to get the factory up and
    running again. The company was re-energized and got right
    back to producing world-class ball gloves
    right here in America.

  • 2006

    2006

    Nokona's "Wrecking Crew"
    featured MLB stars:

    David Ortiz,
    Vladmimir Guerrero,
    and Miguel Tejada.

  • 2007

    2007

    Vladimir Guerrero won the
    Home Run Derby using a Nokona bat.

  • 2008

    2008

    Nokona affiliated with the
    U.S. Military Star Program,
    providing gloves to all its members.

  • 2012

    2012

    Nokona put renewed focus
    on elite travel ball organizations,
    and established the
    Team Nokona Program.

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Care Tips & Repairs

Breaking In Your Nokona

When you purchase a Nokona, you have selected the best glove made. Nokona's select glove leathers are easy to break in, but may still take time. When getting your glove ready, we suggest that you play catch and break in your glove or mitt naturally. This will allow your glove to form a natural pocket around your hand. You may be familiar with different methods and "quick fixes" to shortcut the break-in period. Unfortunately, we have seen the sad results of many of these over the past 80 years. You may also use Nokona Leather Treatment (NLT), our classic glove conditioner, to help with the break-in.

Ready for service?

We perform full service work on our gloves, right in the very factory where your Nokona was handcrafted. From reconditioning to relacing to completely rebuilding your Nokona, we know that Nokona owners love to take care of their gloves.

Contact us at repairs@nokona.com
or call 1-800-433-0957.

To see a list of services and charges,
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DON'T USE HEAT / No Microwave / No Oven / No Steam

Caring For Your Nokona

Nokona gloves and mitts are made from leather that is tanned to our specifications, and are pre-oiled. Proper care will provide you longer use. We recommend using Nokona Leather Treatment (NLT) - and have for over 50 years. We swear by it - we’ve seen the results of many touted oils, but none work as well as our formula.

NLT is best applied by rubbing it into the leather with your bare hands. Work it into every area, including the laces and inside the glove where cracking takes place. Unlike liquefied oils, NLT will not soak through to the padding.

You can also clean your glove with a clean wiping cloth and NLT. Rub the surface vigorously, and the NLT will actually cause the dirt within the grain to rise up to the top where it will be picked up by the cloth.

Just as you would treat your skin when it is dry, retreat your glove as needed. To find a dealer near you who carries NLT, visit our Retail Locator.



We stand behind our products.

Nokona ball gloves are fully guaranteed for One Year against defective workmanship and material when used for the purpose intended under normal conditions, and provided it receives proper care. New this year, the X2 Elite Series comes with a Two-Year Warranty.
Questions? Contact us at info@nokona.com.

Team Nokona

Nokona is proud to be affiliated with these premier baseball organizations, comprised of elite travel players at the top of the game.

Team Nokona Pitcher

Team Nokona Cowboys, North Texas

"Our baseball teams are honored to be partnered with Nokona. Being involved with a company that that takes pride in manufacturing the world’s best baseball gloves right here in Texas is very exciting."

- Toby Flanagan, President of North Texas Baseball and Team Nokona Cowboys

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Team Nokona, Massachusetts

"Nokona's commitment to dedicated student-athletes allows us to further provide a ‘best in class’ program for both our current and future players."

- Geoff Cuneo, Co-Director of MetroMass Baseball Club and Team Nokona MA

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Team Nokona represents premier independent baseball organizations comprised of elite travel players in their region. Through a formal arrangement with Nokona, these teams play under the Nokona name and receive exclusive benefits, such as product, discounts, and support. Nokona’s mission is to be a part of elite travel baseball, and to engage with top youth players and their coaches who are at the forefront of the game.

If you think your organization might be a good fit to add to the Team Nokona lineup, please let us know. Contact us at teamnokona@nokona.com.


FAQ

We stand behind our products. Nokona ball gloves and mitts are fully guaranteed for One Year against defective workmanship and material when used for the purpose intended under normal conditions, and provided it receives proper care. This guarantee does not cover damage resulting from misuse. To request a return, please contact us at info@nokona.com or call us at 1-800-433-0957. You will be given a Return Authorization Number, and instructions on how to return your product to us. You will be required to provide a Proof of Purchase from the last 12 months. Upon receipt of the product, we will inspect it and determine whether repair or replacement is appropriate. We will do our best to ensure you are satisfied!
Nokona gloves are unique, having been handcrafted in the United States since 1934 and made with a wide range of specialized leathers. Unlike most other companies who started producing offshore fifty years ago, Nokona gloves are still produced in the very same town in Texas by Americans who carefully cut, stamp, stitch, lace, and embroider each glove by hand. Unlike many overseas facilities that use mass-production techniques to create "cookie-cutter" products that are exactly the same, no two Nokona gloves are identical. Each has its own unique identity and feel, based on the careful selection of leather per part and its hand-crafted construction. Nokona puts classic American workmanship into every glove, using special techniques developed over the past 77 years.
Yes, Nokona ships worldwide. Shipping rates are calculated in real time, based on current FedEx rates and the type of service selected. Note that customers are responsible for any duties and taxes on international orders.
While trying to trademark the name Nocona in the early 1930s, the company was told that the name of a city could not be trademarked. So, with a simple change to a "K", the brand became Nokona.
Yes, we take great pride in showing how we craft the last American ball glove. Tours are offered on Mondays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., and generally last one hour. Admission is $5.00 per adult and Free for students with ID. Note that the Admission price is refundable for merchandise purchased in our Factory Store. Groups may want to contact us at 1-800-433-0957 or tours@nokona.com to schedule a tour or learn about group pricing.
Nokona Gloves are available at retailers across the U.S., Canada, and internationally. To locate a dealer near you, visit our Retail Locator.
If you have an idea that you would like to send to us, please read our Submission Policy. Then, you will get to our submission area where you can describe your idea and e-mail a drawing.