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SPECIAL BAT FOR DEREK JETER BEING CRAFTED TODAY

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (August 19, 2009) – With an RBI double on Sunday against the Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees’ captain Derek Jeter earned his 2,674th hit as a Major League shortstop, the most in history for any player at that position.  He surpassed Luis Aparicio who previously held the record at 2,673 over an 18 year career with the White Sox, Orioles, and Red Sox.  All of Jeter’s hits have come with the Yankees.  He also has 13 hits as a designated-hitter and is closing in on Lou Gehrig’s all-time hits record as a Yankee. Gehrig had 2,721 career hits in pinstripes. 

Derek Jeter Record BatJeter is under contract with Louisville Slugger® and has used Louisville Slugger bats his entire career.  Jeter’s achievement is just one more link for Louisville and Louisville Slugger in their long and storied history with Major League Baseball.  The 125 year old company will honor Jeter and his latest milestone with a special bat that will be made and sent to Derek today. 

WHAT: Video/photo opportunity to shoot Louisville Slugger making a special bat for a special player, New York Yankees star Derek Jeter.  The bat will commemorate Jeter’s record setting hit as a shortstop, surpassing Luis Aparicio with his 2,674th hit as a shortstop

WHERE: Hillerich & Bradsby Co.’s Louisville Slugger bat factory,  800 West Main Street, Louisville, Kentucky.

WHEN: Today!  Wednesday, August 19th, at 1:00 p.m.  Staff will meet media in the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory lobby area and take them to the factory to shoot the bat being branded.

WHO: Louisville Slugger Director of Professional Baseball Chuck Schupp will be available for interviews regarding Derek and his achievement.  Chuck and Jeter have had a professional relationship for 15 years.

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