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  • 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.