Rawlings Unveils New 125th Anniversary Graphite Uniforms and Gloves
ST. LOUIS, MO - March 14, 2012 - Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation (NYSE: JAH), has a lavish history in team sports marked by the celebration of their 125th anniversary. Rawlings celebrates a "History of Innovation" as the company holds the most patented baseball glove designs in the world, created the ONLY baseball helmet to withstand a 100-mph pitch, designed the first football shoulder pad and developed pOp™ BBCOR technology as a leading innovation in the aluminum bat industry. In honor of Rawlings anniversary, the company has designed their Limited Edition 125th Anniversary collection of graphite uniforms and baseball gloves.
The 125th Anniversary graphite uniforms will be on display Monday, March 19th at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU as the University of Virginia Cavaliers take on Florida State University. UVA is one of the top NCAA programs in the country and have played in the Men's College World Series 2 of the last 3 seasons. The Cavaliers have achieved a #1 National Ranking over that timeframe and are one of Rawlings top advisory staff programs. UVA will wear several variations of the Rawlings graphite collection throughout this season, in addition to the one they are wearing Monday night.
The graphite uniforms provide players with superior comfort and maneuverability along with a great new look. Chris Moore, the University of Virginia Equipment Manager, stated after Virginia players sampled the new uniforms that "the one thing I noticed was that the material stayed a lot dryer due to the breathability of this cloth from batting practice 'til the last out of the ballgame." Moore went on to say that, "I have dealt with other (uniform) material, and nothing else even comes close to the new Rawlings graphite uniforms."
In addition to the graphite uniform collection, Rawlings will release their 125th Anniversary glove lines. Rawlings is known worldwide for their gloves and the 125th anniversary is a beautiful addition to the company's glove portfolio. The 125th Anniversary lines consist of new models in the companies Gold Glove®, Heart of the Hide ® and Pro Preferred ® series. Each series is marked as "Limited Edition" and has a unique color-way not offered in the standard glove lines. Rawlings 125th Anniversary graphite uniform and glove collection can be purchased throughout the 2012 baseball season.