Rawlings has earned its reputation as "The Finest in the Field." From its beginnings, Rawlings became an important factor in the manufacture of baseball equipment. The company began outfitting the St. Louis Cardinals in 1906, and to this day supplies uniforms to many professional teams.
I have a Rawling's official Major League Baseball sitting on a shelf in my room. I was handed the ball in 1987 by the third base coach of the Chicago White Sox while sitting in the Kingdome in Seattle, Washington. Now, Rawling's has provided me with baseball equipment for use on my trip.
Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
Wilson Sporting Goods Co. is one of the world's leading manufacturers of sports equipment and focuses on making technologically-advanced products which help the average player play better.
The first baseball glove I ever owned was made by Wilson Sporting Goods. I played shortstop for my little league team in Seattle and made only one error in two seasons. Now, I am honored to have them as a sponsor and use their baseball equipment on my trip.
Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum, Inc. is a full-service design organization with more than 40 years of experience. Their staff of over 1,800 professionals is experienced in a wide variety of assignments for major corporations, developers, state and local agencies, sports facilities, hospitals, colleges and universities, the U.S. government and governments in Canada, the Caribbean, Central and South America, the Middle East, and Asia. HOK has offices in Atlanta; Berlin; Chicago; Dallas; Greenville, S.C.; Hong Kong; Houston; Kansas City; London, Los Angeles; Mexico City, New York; Orlando; St. Louis; San Francisco; Shanghai; Tampa; Tokyo; Washington, D.C.; and Warsaw.
HOK is responsible for the design of today's most beautiful stadiums including Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Coors Field in Denver, and Jacobs Field in Cleveland. And, they are the designers of the new park being constructed in Seattle. I remember when I was little, I used to stay up late and design baseball stadiums with my crayons -- now I will get to meet the folks that do it for a living.
Star Struck, Inc.
Star Struck has the most complete collection of hats available on the world wide web. Star Struck carries caps from every Major and Minor League Baseball team, all by New Era. Their catalog has one Major League team per page with their Minor League affiliates, from AAA to Rookie League, plus it's loaded with information and statistics!
Star Struck has generously provided me with hats from the different teams I will be visiting during my trip. Visit their page to request a free catalogue or to order your hats online! And, when you contact Star Struck, please let them know that you saw their link on The Great American Baseball Trip home page!
Markwort Sporting Goods Company
Markwort Sporting Goods Company is a distributor of sporting goods equipment and accessories. Markwort sells all the traditional best-selling items preferred by sporting goods dealers and their customers, like baseballs, softballs, gloves and mitts, protective equipment, batter's gloves, uniforms, socks, laces, glove oil and training accessories.
Markwort has provided me and my sister Emily with baseball gloves and apparel for use on the trip. Their STASH eps glove, with its patented Palmer padding, is sure to protect our hands from serious injury.
Diamond Clubs is a small company out of Lexington, North Carolina. that specializes in baseball bats and customized gloves. The owners -- the Bess brothers -- started this company because they love baseball. Now, they hope to take the baseball world by storm.
Diamond Clubs has generously sponsored The Great American Baseball Trip and provided me with a personally monogrammed baseball glove -- guaranteed to attract foul balls at each major league stadium. They were my first sponsor, and I encourage you to give them a call at (910) 248-5537 and order your own personally monogrammed glove.
|My grandfather, Ralph Sheffer, is a major sponsor of this trip. A true baseball fan himself, Grandpa has religiously watched the Yankees for most of this century! During his career in advertising, he was responsible for the design and construction of some of the first scoreboards and for the advertising that now surrounds them. Thanks Pops!!|
|My stepfather Bill Scheffler wears two hats relating to The Great American Baseball Trip. In addition to acting as my attorney throughout my journey (not that I will get in any trouble, but it is always nice to have a lawyer around), he is also a major sponsor. Bill came up with the idea of creating baseball caps for the trip that include the web page address (great for gifts and advertising). He found a supplier, arranged for the design, and paid for the production. Thanks Bill!!|
My Uncle Doug, Aunt Barbi, and Cousin Brook have generously agreed to sponsor the Great American Baseball Trip through their helicopter charter company, DBS AIR, Inc. Their generous gift (not to mention their emotional support) helped fund my activities in Las Vegas and throughout the Western United States. Not to mention the fact that they came to the game in Denver and made the whole day very fun. Thank guys!!!
|Last, but certainly not least is my mother, Ann Sheffer, who is the primary financial sponsor of this journey. My mother has agreed to pay for the costs of travel, lodging, games, and other unforseen costs (at least until I find a way to pay her back). She is the reason that this trip is possible -- and she doesn't even like baseball. Thanks Mom!!|