Rawlings Announces Conference Call for First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2003 Results

    FENTON, Mo., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. (Nasdaq:   RAWL) announced today it will
 host a conference call for investors on Thursday, January 9, 2003 at 4:00 p.m.
 CST after its January 9, 2003 official release of results for the first
 quarter ended November 30, 2002.  To participate, call (800) 450-0821 from the
 United States or (612) 332-0820 Internationally and ask for the Rawlings First
 Quarter Earnings Release.  A replay of this call will be available beginning
 at 7:30 p.m. on January 9, 2003 for thirty days following the call and can be
 accessed via (800) 475-6701 from the United States or (320) 365-3844
 Internationally.  Enter the access code 670149 for the replay.
     Rawlings is a leading marketer and manufacturer of baseball equipment and
 other sporting goods in the United States.  Rawlings is the official baseball
 of Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball and the NCAA College World
 Series.  Over half of Major League players use a Rawlings' glove, including
 such stars as Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Ken Griffey, Jr., and Pedro
 Martinez.  Over one third of Major League players use a Rawlings bat.  Eight
 Major League teams also wear Rawlings uniforms.
     Certain information contained in this press release are forward looking
 statements that involve risks and uncertainties such as the Company's plans to
 achieve targeted sales and gross margin increases, reduce expenses through
 various actions, improve operating income, increase EBITDA and earnings per
 share, and execute new plans successfully.  It is important to note that
 actual results could differ materially from those expressed in such forward-
 looking statements.  Factors that could cause or contribute to such
 differences include, but are not limited to, changes in customer buying
 patterns, a general economic slowdown, a Major League Baseball strike, lower
 retail sell rates for the Company's products, changes in the Company's
 financial position, a dramatic increase in raw materials prices such as
 leather and changes in the competitive environment.  Other risks and
 uncertainties are detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC filings,
 including the Company's Report on Form 10-K filed for the year ended
 August 31, 2002.

SOURCE Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc.

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