Beautifully engraved SPECIMEN certificate from the Rawlings Sporting Goods Company. This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of the Rawling's logo. 1887 George and Alfred Rawlings announce opening of retail sporting goods store in downtown St. Louis. 1920 Rawlings introduces historic Bill Doak glove. This revolutionary glove featured a multi-thong web laced into the first finger and thumb with a natural formed deep pocket. Becomes the prototype for all-purpose gloves of the future. 1941 Rawlings hears fielders' plea. Develops the Trapper-a three-fingered, deep-well pocket glove that changes the design of first base mitts and sets the standard for Major League specifications. 1946 The Rawlings glove line expands to include a glove for each position - with a name, position and number. 1947 Rawlings introduces The Playmaker, a new three-fingered glove. 1957 Rawlings establishes the Rawlings Gold Glove Award® to recognize fielding excellence. 1959 The Trap-Eze, or so-called "six-finger" glove, is introduced by Rawlings and quickly becomes a favorite of many major league players. 1970 Rawlings joins with Adirondack to supply the Major League bats with the distinct Pro Ring design. 1971 Fastback glove is introduced, featuring a closed-back design for a snug fit, greater extension and better glove control. 1976 Rawlings is awarded the contract as exclusive supplier of baseballs to the American and National leagues. 1985 Rawlings awarded the contract to become the "Official Uniform Supplier to Major League Baseball" and named an "Official Sponsor of Major League Baseball". 1986 Rawlings selected as Official Football for NCAA® Championships and Official Basketball for NCAA® Men's and Women's Championships including The Final Four®. 1994 Rawlings becomes public company, traded on the NASDAQ, symbol: RAWL.
Rawlings Sporting Goods
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