Rawlings was founded in 1887 in S. Louis, Missouri, by brothers, George and Alfred Rawlings. The pair originally started with a small sporting goods store and a catalog. Rawlings introduced the first football shoulder pads in 1902, as well as the first all-weather football.
The company is most associated with baseball, however, after providing the St, Louis Cardinals with baseball gloves in 1906 and in 1907, the company was providing baseballs for all major leagues. Rawlings is also credited with developing the first baseball glove with a web between the forefinger and thumb. This design is still in use today.