The story goes he was out playing golf before a game one day in 1963 and upon seeing a blister forming on his left hand, threw on the golf glove he had in his back pocket from the 27 holes of golf he had just played.
"In those days, the minimum salary was $6,000, and I was making more playing golf and pool than I was making playing baseball," Harrelson said. "When you are making $6,000 and spending $30,000, you have to supplement your income."Harrleson claims he hit two home runs off Whitey Ford the day he first donned the glove. However, as South Side Sox points out, that isn't quite the case. But details such as that are pretty trivial. So let us raise our glasses and propose a toast for the Hawk.
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"From that day on, I never hit again without one," Harrelson said. "That [glove] goes well with a blister, better than skin on bat, and then everyone started using them."
I'd say this invention ranks right up there with the sandwich. Or the toaster. Or the pizza. Did I mention I was hungry?