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THE PERFECT PARTNERSHIP! LOUISVILLE SLUGGER® & PERFECT GAME

LOUISVILLE, KY – (June 19, 2012) - Special things happen when industry giants partner. That’s why the baseball world is sitting up and taking notice with the announcement that the premium baseball equipment maker – Louisville Slugger – is partnering with the premium high school tournament and showcase operator – Perfect Game. 

"This is huge for Louisville Slugger and for Perfect Game," said Louisville Slugger president Bill Clark.  "Perfect Game has produced the highest national-level individual-player showcases and team tournaments across the U.S. for years.  Eighty-five percent of players drafted by MLB® clubs were Perfect Game participants. That is an astonishing number."

Major League players like Joey Votto, Buster Posey, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Justin Upton and Jason Heyward took part in Perfect Game events.  PG events produced over 1,300 MLB draft picks in 2011, including 294 of the first 331 players selected.

"Perfect Game events are also the place where top college coaches go to evaluate and recruit talent," Clark said. "They have a database of nearly 100,000 active prospects that we’ll be able to communicate with."

Louisville Slugger will activate the partnership at PG tournaments and showcases across the country.  In addition to promotion and sales, the company will use the partnership for research & development, product testing and focus groups. Louisville Slugger is the number one bat in Major League Baseball® and has produced more MLB All Stars, Hall of Famers and home runs than all other companies combined, a perfect fit for the organization that produces more MLB talent than any other.

"We’re very excited to bring our 128 years of baseball knowledge, innovation and product development with elite players to Perfect Game events," Clark said. "We’ll learn from these outstanding young players just as we learn from players in Major League Baseball."

Perfect Game says the partnership will make its already outstanding tournaments and showcases even better.

"Louisville Slugger makes great, innovative products," said Jerry Ford, owner and president of Perfect Game," and their unique and historic position in baseball allows them to create experiences at our Perfect Game events that no other company can."

Among those experiences, amateur players at Perfect Game events can order MLB-quality wood with their own names engraved on bats, just like Louisville Slugger does for its guys in Major League Baseball. Perfect Game events will be the only place amateur players will be able to order these special MLB wood personalized bats.

Louisville Slugger will also bring a one-of-a-kind experience to PG events with a version of the popular Hold a Piece of History exhibit from its world-renowned Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. t will take players and their families from the very first Louisville Slugger bat through history to those used today by stars like Derek Jeter, Josh Hamilton, Joey Votto, Buster Posey and many more.

"We have game-used bats from today’s top players as well as models from some Hall of Famers," Clark said, "We’re letting everyone at Perfect Game events hold and swing these bats.  It’s pretty cool when you swing Babe Ruth’s or Ted Williams’ bats or one that Derek Jeter or Josh Hamilton used in a game."

For baseball people, that’s magical and exactly why Louisville Slugger and Perfect Game make for perfect partners!

PERFECT GAME & LOUISVILLE SLUGGER FAST FACTS

  • PG has become the world’s largest scouting report service
  • PG reports to all 30 MLB clubs and works with most major college programs
  • An astounding 85% of players drafted by MLB clubs played in PG events
  • ESPN named PG as its leading authority on amateur baseball
  • PG has a database of over 100,000 active prospects
  • PG events produced 1,323 MLB draft picks in 2011
  • 294 of the first 311 MLB draft picks in 2011 played in PG events
  • PG events produced more than 1,000 college players in 2011
  • 9,500+ draft picks have attended PG events in the last 12 years
  • Louisville Slugger is the #1 Bat in MLB®
  • LS has produced more All Stars, Hall of Famers, hits, HRs and RBIs than all other bat companies combined
  • Over 8,500 pro players have been under contract to swing LS bats
  • Many of today’s stars, like Josh Hamilton, Joey Votto and Derek Jeter, swing LS
  • LS sponsors nearly 50 top-level D1 NCAA baseball programs, including 2012 CWS participants Arizona & Florida State
  • Innovation & technology drive Louisville Slugger product development

About Louisville Slugger®
Louisville Slugger® is the Official Bat of Major League Baseball® and is a name that is synonymous with America’s pastime.  Originating in 1884, Louisville Slugger bats have graced the hands of the greatest players in baseball history.  Stars of today swing Louisville Slugger bats, including Josh Hamilton, Derek Jeter, David Wright and Joey Votto.  Louisville Slugger also makes equipment for college, high school and youth baseball players as well as gear for slow-pitch and fastpitch softball.  Louisville Slugger is a brand of the Hillerich & Bradsby Co., a fifth-generation family-owned business that also owns and operates Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and makes PowerBilt® golf clubs, and Bionic® Gloves for a variety of sports and hobbies.

About Perfect Game

Perfect Game USA is devoted to furthering the development and career of the talented high school baseball player. To that end, Perfect Game USA produces the very highest national level individual player showcases and team tournaments all over the United States. These events have proved invaluable to the college coaching community and major league baseball as they can scout a large population of talented ball players all in one location.

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