In the beginning, catchers wore no chest protectors or masks. In 1857, the
ball was caught bare handed! You would think it hurt! Then, in 1870, catcherís
masks and mitts appeared. In the 1880ís, the chest protectors appeared, and in
the early 1990ís, shin guards appeared. The early ones were made out of wood.
Nowadays, the only position that has shin guards is catcher.