Special-Edition Baseball Used On Field
ST. LOUIS, MO – April 12, 2013 – Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation (NYSE: JAH) and the Official Batting Helmet and Ball Supplier of Major League Baseball®, will honor one of the game’s most beloved players and heroes, Stan “The Man” Musial, with a special-edition MLB Authentic baseball that will be used on-field Friday, April 12, 2013, as the St. Louis Cardinals® host the Milwaukee Brewers® at Busch Stadium™ in St. Louis. This will be the only time the commemorative Stan Musial baseballs will be used in-game.
“Cardinal Nation lost a true hero with the passing of Stan Musial,” said William Dewitt III, president of the St. Louis Cardinals. “With the support of Rawlings, players will have the opportunity to honor the greatest Cardinal of all time by playing an official game with the Stan Musial logo on the ball.”
Musial’s relationship with Rawlings dates back to the 1940s when he was a member of Rawlings Baseball Advisory Staff. Stan was often the face of the company catalog, advertisements and product endorsements. He remained loyal to the brand his entire playing career.
The commemorative Rawlings baseball will feature the exact specifications of every Major League Baseball game ball, and will showcase a logo of Stan’s iconic batting stance and his retired number “6” on the bottom panel.
“Stan Musial is one of the greatest players to ever don the Cardinals’ uniform,” said Mike Thompson, senior vice president of marketing for St. Louis-based Rawlings. “Stan not only was an influential brand ambassador for Rawlings throughout all levels of baseball, but an extraordinary man, husband, father and leader we will continue to celebrate and honor for future generations.”
Rawlings is producing a limited quantity of the Stan Musial MLB Authentic commemorative game balls for baseball enthusiasts to celebrate Musial’s life and baseball career, and will be available for purchase at the Cardinals Team Store inside Busch Stadium and other retail locations for a limited time only.
For more information, please visit www.rawlings.com or call 1-800-RAWLINGS to speak with a Rawlings’ customer service representative.