I've read a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald called Afternoon of an Author.

There is a phrase I don't understand at all:

He passed a sporting goods store and looked in the window unmoved except by a first baseman's glove which was already dark in the pocket.

What does "dark in the pocket" mean in this context? By searching I only learned that "pocket" is the part of the baseball glove, but the phrase still doesn't make any sense to me.

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It doesn't mean anything non-literal - a baseball glove which has been heavily used will typically develop a dark spot in the pocket as the dirt transfers from the ball to the glove.

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