The Leather Head Story
Growing up in Cooperstown, NY, I remember another era. I remember breaking in a new ball glove to create a trusted companion. Gathering after school to play football, basketball or baseball. Dreaming of throwing the last second touchdown, the shot at the buzzer, the diving catch to end the game, the walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth.
At Leather Head Sports we believe that the love of play is universal. The love of sports starts early and stays with us our whole lives.
I started Leather Head Sports because my passion is making beautiful, heirloom quality sporting goods.
In a connected, modern world, we want to remind folks that the best memories of sports are from when we were young, and our sporting goods were made to last.
So, put down your smart phone. Ease away from Facebook. Get outside with a Leather Head football and experience life the way you did before an electronic gadget owned you. Leather Head sports balls are made for connecting with the people you love. If you must, snap a pic. After all, Leather Head balls are also made to create the moments that you'll want to post to social media.
Who We Are
Paul Cunningham, Founder, Craftsman
Leather Head Sports was founded by Paul Cunningham, a native son of Cooperstown, NY and a long time sports industry professional.
As the Photo Editor for Major League Baseball, Paul had the privilege to work with the greatest baseball photographers in the world. While at MLB, Paul was also honing his skills as a passionate leather craftsman.
Following a calling, Paul left Major League Baseball to serve as the Sr. Baseball Glove Craftsman at a small baseball glove importer. The need for independence and creative freedom lead him to strike out on his own. Forming Cunningham Classics, LLC, Paul first created LEMON BALL™ baseballs and LEATHER HEAD™ footballs. With old world craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail, he has carved out a niche in distinctive, finely crafted American leather goods.
Catherine Leonard, Director of Administration
The affable Catherine joined Leather Head Sports in 2012 to take charge of our administrative functions. Since then, she has become our Cruise Director, General Manager, and moral compass. Unfailingly cheerful and kind, Catherine is the glue that keeps us together. She's the communicator that massages our wholesale accounts, and the bookkeeper that keeps the work flowing.
Debbie Vander Wiele, Director of Production
Debbie is the first employee of Leather Head Sports and the linchpin that keeps us in business. It's impossible to overstate Debbie's value to our company. She is a highly skilled sewer who assembles every ball that leaves our shop, and that is just the beginning. She manages production, workflow and our material supply. Debbie started in 2009 as a baseball stitcher, and now she manages all Lemon Ball production, in addition to sewing many of the Lemon Balls that we sell.
Erin Sfarra, Director of Design
Erin is a highly skilled and experienced design professional. She joins us having built a career as a Senior Designer with Major League Baseball. Responsible for giving Leather Head a cohesive and consistent look, Erin's responsibilities include photography, web, and print design.
Leather Head Sports
536 S. Broad St.
Glen Rock, NJ 07452