February 12, 1878 After designing the device l…

February 12, 1878

After designing the device last season to protect his team’s promising, but skittish, catcher James Tyng (2nd row, 3rd from left), Frederick Thayer (2nd row, 2nd from left) receives a patent for his innovative invention, the catcher’s mask. The Harvard captain, who will never play in a major league game, designed an oblong wire frame modeled after a fencing mask with eye holes that supports a series of strategically-placed pads made from animal skins.