FEBRUARY 6, 1992
Release # 92-052


WASHINGTON, DC -- Rawlings Sporting Goods Company of St. Louis, MO in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is voluntarily recalling a children's sports toy called the "Batting Tee."

The Batting Tee is a practice batting stand marketed for children and has a tethered ball anchored to the ground by a metal stake. The stake may pull out of the ground and strike the head or body of the players.

These types of staked balls used as part of batting tee games for children have been involved in three injuries reported to CPSC by consumers. One incident involved a child who suffered a skull fracture from the metal stake of an earlier recalled batting tee, not a Rawlings tee.

Approximately 16,000 Rawlings batting tee games, Model number TBK-2, have been sold by retail stores nationwide from 1987 to the present. Consumers can identify the toys by the Rawlings name imprinted in red on the white plastic home plate stand included in the game.

Rawlings asks consumers to stop using the batting tee and return the metal-staked ball, cord, and tee to the retailer where purchased for a free, redesigned batting tee game. If consumers have questions about the recall, they may call Rawlings Sporting Goods at 1-800-367-3455.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing this recall as part of its mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The Commission's objective is to reduce the estimated 28.5 million injuries and 21,600 deaths associated each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products under CPSC's jurisdiction.