Bringing Home the Captain’s Loot: Derek Jeter Donates Batting Helmet, Gloves from 3,000th hit

Artifacts From Yankee Shortstop’s Historic Moment Arrive in Cooperstown

August 15, 2011
Derek Jeter is just the 28th player to record 3,000 hits during his career. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Derek Jeter made history when he became just the 28th player to record career hit No. 3,000.

Now, the Yankees' legendary shortstop has ensured that history will be preserved forever in Cooperstown at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

The batting helmet and batting gloves the Yankee captain wore July 9 when he homered for his 3,000th career hit arrived in Cooperstown on Monday. Jeter donated the artifacts to the Hall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 13, with Hall of Fame Chairman of the Board Jane Forbes Clark and Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson on hand at Yankee Stadium to receive the artifacts. The batting helmet and batting gloves are the latest in a long line of artifacts Jeter has generously turned over to the Cooperstown shrine. The batting helmet and batting gloves will be immediately accessioned and will appear in the Museum's Today's Game exhibit in about two weeks.

The Museum will host a daily Artifact Spotlight featuring the items every day this week at noon.

"We are so grateful to Derek for donating his batting helmet and batting gloves from his historic 3,000th hit," said Jeff Idelson, President, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. "He has a long history of being incredibly generous to the Museum, which in turn, has allowed all baseball fans to realize the profound impact he has had on our National Pastime for the last 16 years. He's a great representative of the Yankees and baseball, and it's an honor to preserve his accomplishments in Cooperstown in perpetuity."

In addition to the batting helmet and batting gloves, other artifacts from Jeter's career that are part of the Museum's archive include:

  • A Yankees jersey from 1996, his American League Rookie of the Year season and the year of his first World Series title
  • A bat from the 1997 American League Division Series
  • Spikes and bat from the 1998 World Series
  • Bat used during the 2000 All-Star Game, where Jeter was named Most Valuable Player
  • Batting helmet from the 2000 World Series, where Jeter was named Most Valuable Player
  • Team USA jersey from the 2006 World Baseball Classic
  • Spikes worn when he broke Lou Gehrig's record for career hits at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 16, 2008
  • Bat used during the Yankees' final homestand of 2008, their last season at Yankee Stadium
  • Batting gloves worn Sept. 11, 2009, when he recorded his 2,722nd hit at Yankee Stadium, surpassing Lou Gehrig's record
  • Bat used during Game 6 of the 2009 World Series

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