History Of The
All Star Game
record: National League 40, American League 34, 2 ties
Major League All-Star Game was played on July 6, 1933 at
Comiskey Park in Chicago. It was initiated at the insistence
of Arch Ward, a sports editor for the Chicago Tribune,
to coincide with the celebration of Chicago's Century of
Progress Exposition. For over seventy-three years, the
"Midsummer Classic" has remained a fan favorite showcasing the
top talent in baseball.
All-Star teams were originally
selected by the managers and the fans for the 1933 and 1934
games. From 1935 through 1946, managers selected the entire
team for each league. From 1947 to 1957, fans chose the team's
starters and the manager chose the pitchers and the remaining
players. From 1958 through 1969, managers, players, and
coaches made the All-Star Team selections. In 1970, the vote
again returned to the fans for the selection of the starters
for each team and remains there today.
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Rawlings official world series game baseball. Identical to the
ball used during the 2005 world series. Rawlings is the
official supplier of Major League Baseball.
Rawlings Official Major
Supplied exclusively by Rawlings® for over a quarter-century,
each ball comes
carefully crafted, weighed, measured, tested, inspected, and
re-inspected. 5 ounces.
108 stitches. Absolute Perfection.
Rawlings-Costa Rica produces 80,000 dozen major league game
balls a year, Minor
league baseballs are made at the Rawlings plant in China.
Six-seven dozen baseballs are used in a typical Major League
The average life of a baseball in the Majors is 6 pitches.
It takes about 10 minutes for a sewer to sew the 108 stitches
on each baseball. The
first and last stitches are perfectly hidden.
The terms "live" and "dead" have been applied to baseballs for
more than 100 years.
In the early years, the home team was often expected to
provide the ball, and a good
hitting team might wind its balls tightly, for a "lively"
effect, while a team of
defensive specialists might create looser, softer, or "dead"
In 1857 the length of a game was
set at nine innings, pitching was underarm from a
distance of 45 feet and the batter was out if a fielder caught
the ball on the first
of the World Series
Before the birth of the World Series in 1903, there were other
postseason championships that took place as early as 1884.
Although they are not officially recognized as part of World
Series history, they provide a basis for the establishment of
what has become recognized as "The Fall Classic."
The Fall Classic has provided us with many magical moments.
The first World Series, in 1903, was a best-of-nine affair
arranged between the champions of the older National League
(founded in 1876) and the American League. The AL's Boston
Pilgrims upset the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5 games to 3.
The 1904 NL champion New York Giants refused to play Boston
the following year, so there was no Series. But the league
presidents smoothed out their differences, and the Series
resumed in 1905, when the Giants agreed to play Philadelphia
in a best-of-7 game series.
Since then the World Series has followed the best-of-seven
format -- except from 1919-21, when it returned briefly to
The rest, as they say, is history.
History of the Company
George and Alfred Rawlings announce opening of retail sporting
goods store in downtown St. Louis
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.
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
The Rawlings glove line expands to include a glove for each
position - with a name, position and number.
Rawlings introduces The Playmaker, a new three-fingered glove.
Rawlings establishes the Rawlings Gold Glove Award® to
recognize fielding excellence.
The Trap-Eze, or so-called "six-finger" glove, is introduced
by Rawlings and quickly becomes a favorite of many major
Rawlings joins with Adirondack to supply the Major League bats
with the distinct Pro Ring design.
Rawlings is awarded the contract as exclusive supplier of
baseballs to the American and National leagues.
Rawlings awarded the contract to become the "Official Uniform
Supplier to Major League Baseball" and named an "Official
Sponsor of Major League Baseball".
started manufacturing baseballs for Major League Baseball in
1976 putting out a ball for the American League and one for
the National League. In 2000 Rawlings started making the ROMLB
for both leagues. The ROMLB is the official baseball and is
the same ball used during each major league game.
These All Star Game Baseballs are the perfect ball for the serious
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