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10/29/2009 6:52 PM ET
Derek Jeter named recipient of the 2009 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevy
Award recognizes work of Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation and his 2009 on-field achievements
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Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees has been named the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevy today at a press conference prior to Game Two of the 2009 World Series at Yankee Stadium.

Bestowed annually, the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevy recognizes the Major League Baseball player who combines a dedication to giving back to the community with outstanding skills on the baseball field. Major League Baseball has presented this Award each year since 1971. In 1973, the Award was named in honor of Clemente, who died on December 31, 1972, during a humanitarian mission to assist earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

"Major League Baseball is proud to honor Derek Jeter for the lasting impact the Turn 2 Foundation has made on youth in communities across the country," said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. "In a year of career milestones for Derek, receiving the Roberto Clemente Award will inspire future generations of ballplayers and fans to give back to those in need. I would also like to thank Chevy for their continued support in honoring Roberto Clemente's legacy and spirit."

Jeter was selected from a list of 30 nominees, one from each Major League Club, by a panel of dignitaries that included Commissioner Selig and Vera Clemente, wife of the late Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente. Additionally, fans were able to log on to mlb.com and cast a vote for one of the 30 nominees. The winner of the fan vote was tallied as one vote among those cast by the selection panel.

Jeter joins a distinguished list of national Roberto Clemente Award recipients, which includes 13 members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame:

1971  Willie Mays*
1972  Brooks Robinson*
1973  Al Kaline*
1974  Willie Stargell*
1975  Lou Brock*
1976  Pete Rose
1977  Rod Carew*
1978  Greg Luzinski
1979  Andre Thornton
1980  Phil Niekro*
1981  Steve Garvey
1982  Ken Singleton
1983  Cecil Cooper
1984  Ron Guidry
1985  Don Baylor
1986  Garry Maddox
1987  Rick Sutcliffe
1988  Dale Murphy
1989  Gary Carter*
1990  Dave Stewart
1991  Harold Reynolds
1992  Cal Ripken, Jr.*
1993  Barry Larkin
1994  Dave Winfield*
1995  Ozzie Smith*
1996  Kirby Puckett*
1998  Sammy Sosa
1997  Eric Davis
1999  Tony Gwynn*
2000  Al Leiter
2001  Curt Schilling
2002  Jim Thome
2003  Jamie Moyer
2004  Edgar Martinez
2005  John Smoltz
2006  Carlos Delgado
2007  Craig Biggio
2008  Albert Pujols
* Member of Baseball Hall of Fame

"This is a very special day for everyone involved with the Turn 2 Foundation," said Jeter. "Thank you to everyone at Major League Baseball, Chevy, and especially the Clemente family for this recognition. The Steinbrenner family and the Yankees organization have supported my work in the community my entire career, and I am very grateful for their encouragement. It is truly an honor to be mentioned alongside Roberto Clemente and the others who have won this Award over the years."

In 1996, Jeter turned a lifelong dream into reality as he established the Turn 2 Foundation to give back to the various communities that are a part of his life, including Western Michigan, Tampa (FL) and New York City. Since its launch, the Turn 2 Foundation has awarded more than $10 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. Turn 2 is managed on a day-to-day basis by the Jeter family with Derek in a hands-on role as Founder. In addition to contributing his own funds, Jeter hosts the annual "Derek Jeter Celebrity Golf Classic" and the "Turn 2 Foundation Dinner" to raise funds needed to successfully continue programs including "Jeter's Leaders", "Turn 2 Us Healthy Lifestyles", "Turn 2 After School", "Turn 2 Baseball Clinics", "Proud To Be Me", "Turn 2 Smart Moves", "Holiday Express", and the "Turn 2 Endowed Scholarships". Recently, the Turn 2 Foundation donated $500,000 to launch the "Derek Jeter Academy at Phoenix House" in Tampa, an outpatient counseling center for troubled teens combining individual and family substance abuse treatment.

"My heartfelt congratulations to Derek Jeter who truly embodies the purpose and spirit of the Roberto Clemente Award," said Vera Clemente. "I also wish to thank all of this year's Award nominees, Major League Baseball, Chevy and other members of our global baseball family for their tireless efforts. They exemplify the importance of community service and the profound impact that baseball continues to have in making the world a better place."

Throughout his 15-year career, Jeter continues to be one of baseball's most celebrated players on the field. Named the Yankee captain in 2003, Jeter is a four-time World Series Champion, a 10-time A.L. All-Star and the 1996 A.L. Rookie of the Year. Jeter was also named both the 2000 All-Star Game MVP and the 2000 World Series MVP - the only time this has happened in baseball history. In 2009, the 35-year-old shortstop collected 212 hits, marking the third-highest single-season total of his career, reaching the 200-hit plateau for the seventh time in his career - one shy of Lou Gehrig's Yankee Club record. The seven 200-hit seasons are a Major League record for shortstops. On September 11, 2009, Jeter, who now has 2,747 career hits, surpassed Lou Gehrig (2,721) as the Yankees' all-time franchise leader in hits. The sixth overall selection in the 1992 First-Year Player Draft ranks first on Major League Baseball's all-time list with 167 career postseason hits, 95 postseason runs and 133 postseason games played.

For a full biography of Derek Jeter's charitable endeavors, visit the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevy page on MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball.

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