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Rawlings is a sports equipment manufacturing
company based in Town and Country, Missouri and founded in 1887. The parent company has been Newell Brands
since 2016. 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. The Horween Leather Company has provided Rawlings
with leather since 1929. 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.Rawlings is the most chosen glove of current Major
League Baseball players.==History==
Rawlings was founded in Saint Louis in 1887, during the middle of the Long Depression,
by George and Alfred Rawlings. The brothers set up a sporting goods store
with its own catalog. They sold “Fishing Tackle, Guns, Baseball,
Football, Golf, Polo, Tennis, Athletic and General Sporting Goods”.The company is credited
with introducing football shoulder pads in 1902, and the first all-weather football.===Rawlings and Major League Baseball===
Rawlings began providing the hometown St. Louis Cardinals with gloves in 1906. In 1920, Bill Doak, a pitcher for the St.
Louis Cardinals, suggested that a web be placed between the first finger and the thumb in
order to create a pocket. This design soon became the standard for baseball
gloves. Doak patented his design and sold it to Rawlings. His design became the precursor to modern
gloves, and enabled Rawlings to become the preferred glove of professional players.In
1955 Spalding bought Rawlings, and began using it to manufacture baseballs. In 1957 the company introduced the Gold Glove
award, which became the major award for baseball. It also sponsors the Minor League Baseball
(MiLB) “Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year” award. 13 years after acquiring it, an anti-trust
investigation forced Spalding to sell Rawlings again, but as it did so Spalding set up a
contract that would have Rawlings manufacture baseballs to sell with the Spalding logo. When this agreement ended in 1977, Rawlings
began using its own logo, becoming the official supplier of the major leagues (producing separate
balls for both the American and National Leagues from 1977 to 1999, and since 2000, a single
ball for all of Major League Baseball), succeeding Spalding, which had been the supplier for
a century. All the balls supplied to the major and minor
leagues are manufactured in Costa Rica. Additional low-end versions are manufactured
in China.Many major leaguers have endorsed Rawlings equipment over the years. There are four main series for the gloves:
the Gold Glove Series, the Heritage Pro Series, the Heart of the Hide Series, the Pro Preferred
Series and the Gold Glove Collection Series. In 2003, K2 Inc. acquired Rawlings. In 2005 Rawlings corporate headquarters were
moved from Fenton, Missouri, to Town and Country, Missouri. In 2007, Jarden acquired K2 Inc. On December 14, 2015, Newell Rubbermaid announced
that it would acquire Jarden for over $15 billion of cash and stock. The combined company was renamed Newell Brands.It
was announced on June 5, 2018 that Rawlings was sold from Newell Brands to the Los Angeles-based
private equity firm, Seidler Equity Partners (SEP) (which owns LA Fitness), with MLB a
co-investor in the $395 million deal. Rawlings employs 150 people in the St. Louis
area, and 1,200 globally. The deal was completed on July 2, 2018. Rawlings previously made some custom baseball
gloves at its plant in Washington, Missouri, but no longer makes any baseball gloves in
the United States, with the factory still open.===Rawlings and NCAA baseball===
Rawlings currently sponsors numerous collegiate baseball teams in the NCAA. The flagship team for Rawlings is the Virginia
Cavaliers, winners of the 2015 College World Series.===Rawlings and American Legion Baseball
===Rawlings sponsors the Rawlings Big Stick Award,
which is presented to the American Legion Baseball “player who accumulated the most
total bases.”===
Rawlings and National Football League===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.==Footnotes====External links==
Rawlings corporate site Rawlings Gold Glove Award site. Rawlings Gear

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