Rawlings (company)

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Rawlings
Type Subsidiary
Founded St. Louis, MO (1887)
Headquarters Town and Country, MO, USA
Parent Jarden
Website www.rawlings.com

Rawlings is a sports equipment manufacturing company in the United States. It was founded in 1887. The parent company is Jarden, Inc. Rawlings specializes in baseball equipment, but also manufactures softball, basketball, training equipment and American footballs. They have also recently started making fan gear such as chairs, tents, and bags with team logos on them.

Horween Leather Company has provided Rawlings with leather since 1929.[1] In 2003, Horween was providing leather for 3,000 Rawlings baseball gloves annually, and half of professional baseball players were using baseball gloves made from Horween leather.[2][3]

History[edit]

In 2005 Rawlings corporate headquarters were moved from Fenton, Missouri, to Town and Country, Missouri.[4]

Rawlings and Major League Baseball[edit]

Rawlings has been the official supplier of baseballs to the major leagues since 1977, succeeding Spalding, which had been the supplier for a century.

Rawlings is also the creator of the MLB Gold Glove Award, and sponsors the Minor League Baseball (MiLB) "Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year" award.[5]

Many major leaguers have endorsed Rawlings equipment over the years. There are four main series for the gloves: the Gold Glove Series, the Heart of the Hide Series, the Pro Preferred Series and the Primo Gloves.

Rawlings and American Legion Baseball[edit]

Rawlings sponsors the Rawlings Big Stick Award, which is presented to the American Legion Baseball "player who rounds the most bases in regional and national competition."[6]

Rawlings and National Football League[edit]

As of August 19, 2010, Rawlings signed a multi year deal with the National Football League for products such as tent canopies, grills, and chairs. This will also include non-exclusive tailgate products such as coolers, stadium seats, and footballs.[7]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ William Hageman (December 19, 2004). "Take him back to the ball game". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ Barbara Rolek (October 27, 2003). "Horween's leather bound by tradition". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ Barbara Rolek (October 27, 2003). "Horween's leather bound by tradition; Firm top supplier for baseball mitts". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ Unknown. "Rawlings to move HQ to Maryville Centre". St. Louis Business Times. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  5. ^ See Baseball awards#U.S. minor leagues.
  6. ^ Baseball Awards. The American Legion Baseball official website. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
  7. ^ Sports Business Digest NFL and Rawlings sign deal

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