What player first used or invented the shin guard?
by Johnny Randolph
(Newport or )
Old Time Catcher's Gear
Johnny asked: What player first used or invented the shin guard? We were just wonderin.
Rick answered: Johnny, thank you for your question.
Shin guards were invented by Roger Bresnahan, a professional baseball player and manager from 1901-1945.
A newspaper quote from the time stated,"the latest protection for catcher's (worn by Roger Bresnahan) looks rather clumsy, besides delaying a game while the guards are strapped above the knee and around the ankle, doubtful the fad will ever become popular."
Guess they were wrong on that one.
Yours in baseball,