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Ancient catching glove worn by Hall-of-Fame netminder John Bower during his two seasons with the AHL’s Providence Reds between 1955 and 1957. The glove not only attests to Bower’s prowess as a goalie, but his true grit and perseverance. He began his career after WWII in the AHL with the Cleveland Barons, with whom he won an MVP award and the Holmes Trophy given to the league’s best goalie. After spending 8 seasons in the AHL, he finally made the NHL with the Rangers in 1953, but was sent back down next season to the AHL for 3 seasons, winning 3 straight AHL MVPs with the Reds before returning to the NHL for good in 1958 with the Toronto Maple Leafs, whom he would lead to 4 Stanley Cups, while winning the Vezina Trophy in 1960-61. Bower was elected to Hockey’s HOF in 1976. The modified Spalding first baseman’s mitt is marked Johnny Bower in black ink and shows heavy use. From the collection of George Army, former Reds equipment man. Fabulous personal memento of a hearty hockey legend.
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