However, Bill Doak's biggest contribution to the game of baseball still has its place in the game. Doak suggested to Rawlings that a web be designed between the thumb and index finger to create a natural a pocket. This became the model glove we see in the game today- 94 years later. Prior to this invention, players used gloves as a way to simply cover their fingers and protect from being struck by the baseball. Obviously, the design of the webbed glove, or the "Bill Doak model," allowed for fielders to better catch the ball and changed the game forever.
Among the categories that Doak ranks in all time Cardinals history are shutouts with 32. Only Bob Gibson (56) had more in the history in the franchise. After he moved to Brandenton, FL in retirement, he Doak owner a Candy Shop and coached the local high school team before he died in 1954.