Did you know that Rawlings MLB Baseballs are not made in the United States? Although most Costa Ricans feel more fired up about World Cup Soccer than they do about the World Series, they actually play a large role in Major League Baseball. Turrialba, Costa Rica (a city roughly 40 miles southeast of the capital, San Jose) is home to the Rawlings Sporting Goods factory — the company holding the exclusive contract to supply the MLB with their baseballs.
That’s right! Every single ball used by the Major Leagues is assembled and stitched by hand in Costa Rica! Each worker in the factory produces a minimum of 156 balls per week to turn out a total of 2.4 million balls per year! Think of that next time you watch the Braves play!
Hey, want to see the factory for yourself? The Language & Culture Service-Learning Program (now accepting applications for July) goes to Turrialba every year as part of their program!