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Derek Jeter gives batting helmet, gloves from 3,000th hit to Hall of Fame during ceremony
NEW YORK (AP) ' Derek Jeter donated to the Hall of Fame the batting helmet and batting gloves that he wore when he homered for his 3,000th hit.
Jeter made the presentation during a brief ceremony honoring him for becoming the 28th player and first in pinstripes to reach the milestone before the Yankees played the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.
The Yankees presented Jeter with a Waterford crystal vase and gave the captain, his parents and sister rings commemorating the feat. The rings Jeter and his father received have 50 diamonds each, 14 making the No. 2.
Jeter's teammates gave him a 225-pound, mirror-polished stainless steel sculpture. It featured the No. 3,000, topped by a bust of Jeter waving his helmet to the crowd.
The sculpture was commissioned by teammates Jorge Posada and CC Sabathia. The inscription reads: "To our captain, leader and friend. Congratulations on a great achievement, from your teammates."
Jeter got his 3,000th hit against the Rays on July 9.
Teammate Mariano Rivera was the only person who spoke during the ceremony. He said he was grateful for the chance to play with Jeter and see every one of his hits.