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2 hours ago, keeperton said:

I want to remind people of this Itech Prodigy blocker from 2005 that I could find zero good pictures of. Completely flat board with a foam ridge around the top as a spoiler.

Ooooooh good one!

I gotchu fam

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IIRC the glove was a 5500 clone with the same soft foam bump

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10 hours ago, Chenner29 said:

Ooooooh good one!

I gotchu fam

IIRC the glove was a 5500 clone with the same soft foam bump

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This glove was awesome. The blocker was very light but he became very loose after 1 or 2 years, it was hard to control the rebound with. 

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On 8/20/2021 at 10:45 PM, Chenner29 said:

 Here's a Louisville TPS parallelogram shaped blocker

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And this Vaughn with the angled side roll

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A model prior to this had a scaled down vertical roll from a leg pad too

Oh yeah, I played with a kid that had the blocker with the vertical roll. His rebounds were wild.

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How about this beauty made by Rawlings?  I used to have a photo of a Japanese hockey goalie wearing one of these in the Olympics, mid 50's.  It looks more like something a baseball player might use if he wore glasses, the catcher?

I picked this one up about 30 years ago but never had the balls to wear it in action.

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11 hours ago, MTH said:

They still wear a version of them for girls/womens lacrosse:

Best 8 Lacrosse Goggles For Women | Review & Buying Guide | Lacrosse  Chronicle

My boys play, but they both have proper helmets. I don't get why girls don't wear a helmet too.

 Women's lacrosse has some of the most bizarre rules. Every year in my high school club we'd play a reverse game with the girls team, but we would swap rule sets. In women's lacrosse you:

  • Get penalized for hitting anything other than your stick with their stick.
  • Cannot stand in their way (like setting a pick)
    • I have no clue how you are supposed to defend
  • Have a purposefully neutered stick
    • They have no pocket and cannot have any pocket
  • Different lines on the field.

Probably other stuff that I don't know. I always found it funny how their goalies wore more gear than the boys too, considering the shots couldn't be as hard if only because the way the heads of the sticks had to be laced (I think lacrosse goalies are bonkers, they wear so little for how hard they get hit).

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On 8/24/2021 at 10:42 AM, Wonder35 said:

How about this beauty made by Rawlings?  I used to have a photo of a Japanese hockey goalie wearing one of these in the Olympics, mid 50's.  It looks more like something a baseball player might use if he wore glasses, the catcher?

I picked this one up about 30 years ago but never had the balls to wear it in action.

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I know the picture you’re talking about! I have it in my mask book (and have seen it elsewhere). 
Man, I love hockey history- but you, sir, are on another level! Amazing!


 

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LP, thanks for the confirmation. The image of that leather/wire contraption was tucked away in a distant corner of my memory. Its acquisition came with a newsprint advertisement for this beauty.

1936 huh, it’s older than I had thought.

Now, where did I leave my car keys?

 

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3 minutes ago, Wonder35 said:

LP, thanks for the confirmation. The image of that leather/wire contraption was tucked away in a distant corner of my memory. Its acquisition came with a newsprint advertisement for this beauty.

1936 huh, it’s older than I had thought.

Now, where did I leave my car keys?

 

Probably left them on top of the VCR, when you went to program it to tape Matlock 😋

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On 9/18/2021 at 8:11 AM, SaveByRichter35 said:

I recently saw even girls softball teams have to wear those stupid goggles.

I don't have any daughters. But when I was league president for a few years, we ordered face protectors for every little girl in the league to wear/have. I think the rule is just that pitchers wear them and maybe third. But why just protect a few? So everyone gets one.

I don't think kids in the of wear them.

At least the baseball bats were tuned down a few years ago, so the boys don't wear them. Although there are tournaments and all that still allow the old bats that were insane in the pop they provided. Scary for pitchers (and their parents).

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