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Artefact: Baseball Cleats
Number: 2016.03.01
Year: 1940s - 1950s

Footwear in sports has always been a very important part of the uniform.  This pair of baseball cleats was used during the 1940s and 1950s.  These cleats are made out of heavy leather which makes them heavy and not very flexible. The cleats themselves are made out of steel which provides excellent grip, but in addition, adds weight.

It is easy to see how athletic shoes have changed when you look at cleats like these compared to modern cleats.  Modern baseball cleats are made out of lightweight materials and are designed to provide as much of an advantage as possible to the athlete wearing them including grip, flexibility, and support.