First Black-Owned Baseball Glove Company Makes History

Black owned business Steelo Sports has just made history.

The baseball start-up company is the first Black-owned baseball glove brand to be used in a Major League Baseball game. Toronto Blue Jays star Jonathan Davis used his custom pro model Steelo glove against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night in Toronto. 

It was surely a pivotal moment in Steve’s Friend’s life – the founder of Steelo Sports. 

“It’s our goal to not only become the first modern day African American owned glove brand to be used in Major League Baseball, but to also bring long overdue awareness to minority players that consistently represent such a small percentage of the professional baseball population,” Friend says.

They Want To Bring Back The Old School

Steelo Sports has a unique “old school” design styles that have made the brand increasingly popular.

“It’s important to bring back the hip-hop flavor, style, and energy of the 80’s and 90’s when baseball’s golden years produced players like Bo Jackson, Ken Griffey Jr., Barry Bonds the list goes on.”

“That’s what “Steelo” means. That’s what it’s about. These are the guys that made me love the game. Bringing back that style and uniqueness that only hip-hop culture can bring just needs to happen. So I decided to stop waiting and to just do it.”

The Company Are Helping Youth Baseball Programs

Steelo Sports is steadfastly becoming the selected brand for baseball players. 

They have signed a handful of pro players to wear their products s across “A-Ball, AA, AAA, and now at the MLB level.

“At the end of the day, the product is top of the line dope,” Friend says. 

“We are helping youth baseball programs, building a strong team of like minded people, and are all pushing for the same goal while having fun being a part of the game we all love. That’s what its about. We want to spread that love and open more doors.”

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