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From the university that brought you Linsanity ...

On Feb. 12, 1878, Harvard University Baseball Club captain Frederick W. Thayer patented the catcher's mask.

In the picture to the left, Thayer (middle row, second from left) sits next to the first man to wear the gear, James Tyng (third from left).

From Tyng to Joe Mauer, backstops are forever in debt to Thayer for protecting their faces from the hurtling horsehide.