COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — A group of women in this college town halfway between Nashville and Knoxville know some trivia about major league players that would leave even diehard baseball fans surprised.
Forget about the usual bantering over home runs, batting averages and runs batted in. Some of these women can discuss the inseam length of the Cincinnati Reds' Pete Rose, the waist size of the New York Yankees' Dave Winfield, and the sleeve length of the American League's most valuable player, Don Mattingly of the Yankees.
These are the seamstresses of the Wilson Sporting Goods Co., who toil each March with needles and thread while the players are in spring training.
Wilson's plant produces uniforms for 15 of the 26 major league teams, and outfits players on some professional football teams.
Each year, major league teams order from 80 to 130 home and road uniforms for their players, manager and coaches, who are measured during spring training for tailor-made uniforms.