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LOUISVILLE, KY (June 10, 2011) – Going once, going twice, sold to the highest bidder! Congratulations, you just won a violin made out of a bat? Yes, a handcrafted electric violin made from a pink Louisville Slugger® bat. Currently, this one-of-a-kind item is up for auction by Major League Baseball®. Online bidding for the Electric Slugger is currently open and will close June 22 at 6:00 p.m. The package comes with the used and autographed Electric Slugger, bow, rosin, case, Fender® SuperChamp™ XD amplifier, Pocket Pod® amplifier with Citi Field dirt embedded in the rubber feet, Pocket Pod ®modeler and two guitar cables.

The Electric Slugger was played by Glenn Donnellan to perform the Star Spangled Banner at the Mets-Dodgers game on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8. He used the pink Louisville Slugger as the base for his instrument – just like the pink bats MLB players were swinging on Mother’s Day for breast cancer awareness. Louisville Slugger created the pink bat initiative with Major League Baseball in 2006 to benefit MLB breast cancer charities. This past Mother’s Day, more than 290 MLB players swung pink Louisville Slugger bats. Proceeds from this auction, just like the Mother’s Day game-used pink bats auctioned on MLB.com, will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure to fight breast cancer.

Glenn Donnellan is a violinist from the National Symphony Orchestra who created the Electric Slugger. He designed and built his first Electric Slugger over a period of weeks, and has also performed for the Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles and Atlanta Braves. He’s since partnered with Louisville Slugger to trademark the instrument, which he also plays for community outreach programs. While playing at Major League Baseball games is a thrill like no other, Glenn also has a passion for performing in schools, where he says he uses the Electric Slugger to “encourage the kids to be creative and persistent in pursuing their dreams.”

According to Rick Redman, VP of Corporate Communications at Louisville Slugger, “Glenn has developed something unique, and Louisville Slugger is proud to be part of his efforts. The sound he creates is amazing. He uses the Electric Slugger for good, and his special Mother’s Day performance enhanced MLB’s wonderful tradition of supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure.”

For more information about the auction, visit MLB.com.

Bids can be placed at http://bit.ly/jXnxfK.

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