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Louisville Slugger retires Jeter’s bat model P72

What Louisville Slugger did to honor Derek Jeter Wednesday was unprecedented in the 130-year history of the company that is the official bat maker of Major League Baseball. The manufacturers announced that it is retiring Jeter’s model P72.

James Sass, director of professional baseball sales for the company based in Louisville, Ky., said, “Derek has swung one bat model from one bat company his entire career. He has made more than 12,500 plate appearances in his 20 MLB seasons, and every single one of them has been with a Louisville Slugger P72. With Derek’s impending retirement, we thought it was fitting to retire his bat model in recognition of his brilliant career.We are grateful for his enduring and unwavering loyalty. In honor of Derek’s tremendous career and impact, we won’t be making the P72 anymore.”

Company officials surprised the Captain with their decision in a presentation of “The Last P72” before Wednesday’s Yankees-Orioles game at Yankee Stadium.

The P72 has been one of the more popular models with players over the decades. In addition to Jeter, who ranks sixth on the all-time career hits list, it has been swung by Hall of Famers Cal Ripken Jr. and Robin Yount, among others.

The specifications of the P72, with its medium barrel and balanced swing weight, will still exist for players to order, but under a new model name. It will be called the DJ2 in recognition of Jeter’s and his career. There is one potential exception where Louisville Slugger could use the P72 name on bats again;the company says it will invoke a grandfather clause to use P72 for any descendent of the player the bat was originally made: Les Pinkham

In addition to retiring the P72 model number, Louisville Slugger will give the final 72 P72 bats to be produced to Jeter to raise funds for his Turn 2 Foundation, which he founded in his rookie season.

“We know how much Derek’s Turn 2 Foundation means to him, so we wanted to do something significant to help the organization as it works to positively impact young lives,” Sass said. “So we’re giving Derek the last 72 of his P72’s to use for Turn 2. These bats will be amazing collectors’ items and should help raise a lot of money for his foundation.”

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory will purchase back the first of the final 72 bats to exhibit in its main gallery in Louisville. The museum provided a check for $5,000 to the Turn 2 Foundation.

Jeter ordered 33.5-inch, 31-ounce P72 model bats in 1995 and 1996. He went to a longer and heavier 34-inch, 32-ounce model P72 Louisville Slugger in 1997 and has stayed with it ever since. In his 20-season career, Jeter has ordered more than 2,500 P72 model Louisville Slugger bats.

Previous players who swung the P72 in addition to Ripken and Yount, both former two-time American League Most Valuable Players (Yount in 1982 & ’89, Ripken in 1983 & ’91), include another two-time AL MVP Juan Gonzalez (1996 & ’98), 1999 AL MVP Ivan Rodriguez, 1977 National League MVP George Foster, 1982 World Series MVP Darrell Porter, Yankees bench coach and former catcher Tony Pena, Athletics general manager and former outfielder Billy Beane, as well as Andy Van Slyke, Gary Gaetti, Glenn Hubbard, Jose Cruz, Mike Easler, Sandy Alomar Jr., Von Hayes, Nomar Garciaparra and two of Jeter’s closest friends, Gerald Williams and Harold Reynolds.

Orioles second baseman Kelly Johnson, who was a teammate of Jeter with the Yankees this season until he was traded in July, used a P72 model bat when he homered Tuesday night at the Stadium.

Louisville Slugger created the P72 in 1954 for Leslie Wayne Pinkham, a minor league player from Elizabethtown, Ky., who was playing Triple A baseball in Columbus, Ohio. The “P” denotes the first letter of Pinkham’s last name. “72” means Pinkham was the 72nd pro player whose last name started with “P” for whom Louisville Slugger made a specific model bat, thus the “P72.” His son, Bill Pinkham, also used his father’s bat model when he was a player in the Reds organization.

Louisville Slugger presented Jeter with a special award to commemorate the retiring of the P72 model number. The award features the last P72 ever made for Jeter. These are the words engraved on the award presented to Jeter:

THE LAST P72
Louisville Slugger® created the P72 model in 1954 for Leslie Wayne Pinkham. It became one of professional baseball’s most popular bats.

Derek Jeter swung a Louisville Slugger P72 for every plate appearance he made over his 20-season MLB career.

In honor of the Yankee Captain’s retirement, and in acknowledgement of his unwavering loyalty, Louisville Slugger officially retires the P72 at the conclusion of the 2014 MLB season, 60 years after it was created.

The Derek Jeter signature model bat mounted here is the last P72.

Holiday events this week at Yankee Stadium

More than three dozen New York City high school students from Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation’s Jeter’s Leaders program will assemble gift bags at their annual holiday gift wrapping party Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

The 1,100 gift bags, which include items donated by the Yankees and other sponsors, will help children from Turn 2 programs in New York, West Michigan and Tampa celebrate the holidays at events in the coming months.

After assembling the gift bags, the Jeter’s Leaders will be treated to a private pre-holiday party in the Stadium’s Legends Suite.

Jeter’s Leaders is an intensive four-year leadership development program for high school students who serve as ambassadors for Derek Jeter in their communities.

The Turn 2 Foundation, established in 1996, has awarded more than $18 million in grants to create and support signature programs and activities that motivate young people to “TURN 2” healthy lifestyles. Through these ventures, the Foundation strives to create outlets for children to achieve academic excellence, develop leadership skills and remain drug and alcohol free. These programs all share the same goal of helping today’s youth become the leaders of tomorrow.

And beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, the Yankees and White Rose will team up once again to hold their annual Thanksgiving Food Voucher Giveaway at Yankee Stadium’s Gate 2 (corner of 164th Street and Jerome Avenue) and Gate 8 (164th Street and River Avenue).

Bronx residents are invited to come to the Stadium and pick up a food voucher, which can be redeemed at a local Met Food market or Pioneer Supermarket while supplies last. Proof of Bronx residency is required to receive a voucher.

Jeter’s Holiday Express coming to Stadium

Derek Jeter and the Yankees will help more than 500 children from New York City’s five boroughs to celebrate the holidays.

The Turn 2 Holiday Express is one of the activities created by Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation to reward children involved in its signature programs who are demonstrating positive behavior, academic excellence, and leadership qualities in school and their communities. Turn 2’s mission is to motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and “Turn 2” healthy lifestyles.

Derek and Santa Claus himself will bring holiday cheer Wednesday at Yankee Stadium to the children who are part of the Foundation’s signature programs. The children will enjoy a fun-filled evening, capped off with a surprise visit from Derek, Santa, and his elves. Each child will receive a special holiday gift bag.

Last Wednesday, the New York Jeter’s Leaders assembled more than 1,000 gift bags at their annual holiday gift wrapping at the Stadium. These gift bags contain items donated by the Yankees and sponsors of the Turn 2 Foundation. The Jeter’s Leaders are high school students recognized for their academic achievements, extracurricular activities, community service, who are responsible for delivering a positive message to their peers.

Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation Dinner Thursday

Derek Jeter will be the master of ceremonies at his 16th annual Turn 2 Foundation Dinner Thursday night at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers in Manhattan.

The Turn 2 Foundation, established in 1996, has awarded more than $16 million in grants to create and support signature programs and activities that motivate young people to “Turn 2” healthy lifestyles. Through these ventures, the foundation strives to create outlets for children to achieve academic excellence, develop leadership skills and remain drug and alcohol free.

Thursday night’s program will include the recognition of two Turn 2 Award recipients – Dennis Walcott, chancellor for the New York City public schools, and Simona Vareikaite, a graduate of the Jeter’s Leaders Program, Turn 2’s premier leadership development program.

Also to be celebrated will be 11 high school graduates from the Jeter’s Leaders Program for their academic achievement. The students come from New York City and Jeter’s original hometown of Kalamazoo, Mich.

The event will also feature a performance by the popular rhythm & blues group Boys II Men as well as silent and live auctions.

Many of the captain’s teammates and other celebrity guests will join the Turn 2 Foundation sponsors at the dinner. Previous celebrity guests among current and former Yankees have included CC Sabathia, Tino Martinez, Dave Winfield, Joe Torre, Joe Girardi, Jorge Posada, Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher as well as Eli Manning, Dominique Dawes, Harry Carson, John Starks, Spike Lee, Billy Crystal, Angela Bassett and Leeann Tweeden.

DJ3K bracelets on sale

Derek Jeter’s chase for 3,000 career hits will provide an opportunity to raise funds for his Turn 2 Foundation. The Captain has teamed up with the Yankees and Major League Baseball to create the DJ3K bracelet, a special silicone design to commemorate the achievement of Jeter becoming the first player to achieve 3,000 hits while wearing a Yankees uniform.

In DJ’s case, all his hits – now 2,988 with two singles Tuesday night – have come with the Yankees. Proceeds from the sale of the bracelets will benefit the 2011 Jeter’s Leaders Leadership Conference, which empowers high school student leaders from across the country by providing valuable tools to accomplish social change.

Jeter wore the bracelet in the Yankees’ 6-4 loss to the Red Sox Tuesday night where they went on sale as well as other locations in the metropolitan area. “I was a little hesitant to wear it, but it’s for the foundation,” he said. “If it was for anything else, I probably wouldn’t do it. It’s all for the kids.”

Prior to the game, seven of “Jeter’s Leaders” were honored.

The bracelets, which feature a “DJ3K” mark along with Yankees and Turn 2 Foundation logos, are available at Yankee Stadium, Yankee Clubhouse Stores, MLB.com, Modell’s, The Sports Authority, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bob’s Stores and Party City locations throughout the greater New York area.

They will come in a two pack (one blue, one gray), with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $5, of which $1 will go to Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation. Additional merchandise commemorating the 3,000th hit will be released immediately following the achievement.

Since its launch in 1996, the Turn 2 Foundation has awarded more than $12 million in grants to create and support signature programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and “Turn 2” healthy lifestyles. Through these ventures, the Foundation strives to create outlets that promote academic excellence, leadership development and positive behavior. These programs all share the same goal of helping today’s youth become the leaders of tomorrow. For more information, visit www.turn2foundation.org.

“I had a good opportunity to give back to the foundation,” Jeter said. “MLB and the Yankees were on board, so I thought it was a cool idea. It’s a good opportunity to raise awareness of the foundation.”

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