Franklin Sports is one of the country's leading suppliers of sports products and their batting gloves are the official gloves used by Major League Baseball. However Franklin hasn't forgotten about the casual player. They offer a line of backyard games and accessories for men and women of all ages and skill levels. Franklin Sports manufactures sets for backyard games including bocce ball, volleyball, badminton, croquet, tetherball, horseshoes and darts. The company was founded by brothers Irving and Sydney Franklin in Brockton, Massachusetts, in 1946. At this time they manufactured leather sporting goods for the youth market. Today, Franklin has distribution centers throughout the world.