Derek Jeter to receive 2021 Living Legend Award from Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory |
LOUISVILLE, Ky., July 20, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory to Honor Baseball Hall of Famer, New York Yankees Legend and Miami Marlins CEO Derek jeter with its Living Legend Award 2021 on Friday 12 November. The special ceremony also kicks off the 16th annual Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory auction with Hunt Auctions, Inc. The awards ceremony is a fundraiser for Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation.
The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Living Legend Award was established to honor an individual whose baseball career and life outside of the game have acquired legendary qualities due to their talents, achievements and conduct. The celebration began in 2007 and is personalized each year for the recipient to make it a particularly memorable and meaningful event.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the great team at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory with this award,” said Jeter. “Louisville Slugger has been a huge part of my playing career, and I appreciate everything they’ve done for baseball.”
Highlights of Derek Jeter
Derek jeter is one of today’s most famous baseball players. Five-time World Series champion and member of Baseball’s exclusive 3000 Stroke Club, Jeter is a world baseball ambassador and one of the greatest to ever play the sport.
Jeter has been a 14-time All-Star, five-time Gold Glove shortstop and the 2000 World Series MVP. His accolades also include five Silver Slugger Awards, two Hank Aaron Awards and a Roberto Clement Price.
An incomparable leader on and off the pitch, Jeter was born in Pequannock, New Jersey, and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was selected No.6 overall by the Yankees in 1992 and quickly found major league success. He won the AL Rookie of the Year title and helped the team win the 1996 World Series.
When he retired from the Yankees in 2014, he became one of the greatest to ever play football. The Yankees retired his famous No.2 jersey in 2017, and he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in the Class of 2020, his first year on the ballot.
Jeter has remained close to baseball since he left the field. He was part of an ownership group that bought the Miami Marlins in 2017 and became the head of baseball operations and CEO of the franchise.
“Our Living Legend Award recipients were not only great players, they also demonstrated lasting greatness beyond the baseball field. Derek jeter certainly had an incredibly positive impact on baseball and our culture that continues to this day. We are delighted to support his Turn 2 foundation and celebrate him as this year’s living legend, ”said Anne Jewell, Vice President and Executive Director of the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.
Foundation Tour 2
Outside of baseball, Jeter continues to be the driving force behind the Turn 2 Foundation, which he established in 1996 to give back to the communities with which he has close ties, including West Michigan, Tampa and New York City.
He fulfills his passion for inspiring young people through initiatives – like the Jeter’s Leaders program – that promote academic excellence, leadership development, positive behavior, healthy choices and social change. To date, the Turn 2 Foundation has awarded more than $ 30 million in grants to create and support exclusive programs that motivate young people to quit drugs and alcohol and adopt a healthy “Turn 2” lifestyle.
Louisville Slugger Limited Edition Bat Packages and Tickets
Derek jeter has made over 12,500 home plate appearances in his 20 MLB seasons and used a Louisville Slugger P72 for every at-bat. Upon retirement, Louisville Slugger honored Jeter by removing the bat model P72 and renaming it DJ2 in recognition of Jeter.
To celebrate the living legend, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory produced a limited edition collectible bat for this special occasion, signed by Derek jeter. The bat is available with additional signed event ticket packages and collectibles. For more information or to purchase ticket packages, please visit www.sluggermuseum.com.
Former recipients of the living legend
With Living Legend recognition, Jeter joins a prestigious group of Baseball Hall of Fame members to receive the award. Former Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory’s Living Legend Award recipients are: Mike Schmidt (2019), Franck thomas (2017), Dave winfield (2016), Andre Dawson (2015), Ozzie Smith (2014), Cal Ripken, Jr. (2013), Tony gwynn (2012), Johnny bench (2011), Ernie Banks (2010), Hank aaron (2009), Franck robinson (2008) and Ken Griffey, Jr. (2007).
About the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory:
Learn about history in action as you walk through the factory where the world-famous Louisville Slugger bats are created. Award-winning factory tour, newly renovated galleries with interactive exhibits, historical memorabilia, and more. Create a Louisville Slugger bat with your own name on it, just like the pros. Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, 800 West Main Street, is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., with extended summer hours. Admission is 16 $ for adults, $ 15 for seniors (60+), $ 9 for children (6-12 years old), and free for 5 years old
and under. For more information, including vacation hours and extended summer hours, visit sluggermuseum.com or dial 502-588-7228.
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