My name is William Peebles. I am the founder of Huntington Base Ball Company. When I established the company in 2009, I saw this as the perfect way to blend my personal and professional interests. Since then, the company has grown in ways that I could only dream about.
Baseball history has long been an escapist passion of mine. I love reading and watching old footage of bygone eras. The early game, from the formation of amateur and professional teams in the 1860's, on into the 1920's has been central to my interests as a researcher. I've always been drawn to the experimental nature of the equipment, particularly the gloves, and the evolution of the baseball itself. Researching the progression of an industry as it tried to figure out how to catch a baseball with something akin to a modified gardening glove is riveting to me.
As a trained artist and designer, I have always worked with my hands. My early interest in painting and sculpture eventually led me to Massachusetts College of Art. During my freshman year, I was introduced to Industrial Design, a course of study that perfectly blended aesthetics and hand skills with problem solving and manufacturing. As if that wasn't enough, the studio also had an elevated view of Fenway Park. What more could a baseball-loving artist ask for? It was there that I made my first baseball in 1997, on Huntington Avenue, home to world-class art institutions and the first World Series. The idea for the Huntington Base Ball Company was born.