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Going abroad- on the great success of the Dimple Glove
On October 1, 1978, a Baseball Glove indented in the palm by a heat embossing process by the name of "G-ONE-D" was announced by the late Kyozo Sasaki - founder and president of SSK. The dimple-processed palm created the ideal catching area for the ball and also enhanced the gloves conformation to the player's hand. The visual impact was sensational. One million units of "G-ONE-D" series ball gloves were sold during a three-year span. This was a record hit in the history of ball glove sales in Japan. The "Dimple-processed baseball glove" was awarded a patent in 5 countries including Japan and the United States.
SSK started becoming involved positively in international baseball in the early 1990's. SSK signed official sponsorship agreements with the National Olympic teams of the Dominican Republic, Netherlands and Spain (the hosting nation) when the inaugural baseball games became a medal event in Barcelona in 1992. During these Olympics "The SSK Baseball Club House" was set up providing various services to officials, managers, coaches, players and the media, including the presentation of SSK products. The first SSK-IBAF Luncheon Party was successfully held, inviting baseball people from all over the world to promote better understanding and communications.