Procter & Gamble's Gillette, Head & Shoulders to sponsor Home Run Derby

30th anniversary of the event to be held Monday, July 13 at 8 p.m. ET, live on ESPN

Major League Baseball and Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG), today announced that P&G's two MLB corporate partners, Gillette and Head & Shoulders, will sponsor the 2015 Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders. The 2015 event will mark the 30th anniversary of the home run-hitting contest and will be held Monday, July 13th at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, home of the Cincinnati Reds, and televised live on ESPN beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT.

Gillette was also the title sponsor of last year's event and has been an MLB sponsor since 1939, the longest such relationship in North American professional sports. Gillette ads featuring MLB players date back more than 100 years, to at least 1910. MLB players endorsing Gillette over the years include Honus Wagner, Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Hank Aaron and Derek Jeter.

Head & Shoulders is in its fifth season as the Official Shampoo of Major League Baseball and is currently endorsed by Detroit Tigers pitcher David Price and San Diego Padres closer Craig Kimbrel for its MLB-themed #Whiff program benefiting Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program. Other MLB players to endorse Head & Shoulders over the years include Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer, Los Angeles Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson and Toronto Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey.

The 2015 Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders will be highlighted by a new format to be announced at a later date. Detroit Tigers outfielder Yoenis Céspedes won the event the last two years as a member of the Oakland Athletics, becoming the first player to win back-to-back Home Run Derby events since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1998 and 1999.

"P&G and its two brands will be a part of an event with an interesting new format that will feature an exciting group of power hitters," said Noah Garden, Executive Vice President, Business, Major League Baseball. "Both Gillette and Head & Shoulders are brands that already have a strong connection to MLB and our fan base. As corporate sponsors and with their involvement in the Derby, they have an opportunity to create an even deeper connection with baseball fans."

Both P&G brands will conduct promotions, support community activities, advertise during the telecast and have a presence around the Queen City connected to the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders.

"We're excited to bring Gillette and Head & Shoulders together as sponsors of the Home Run Derby. These two brands not only have great history as Major League Baseball sponsors, but they complement each other as essential products inside the clubhouses of 30 Major League Baseball teams," said Kristine Decker, Director of North American Brand Operations, P&G. "Whether delivering precision shaving technology or leaving hair 100% flake-free, Gillette and Head & Shoulders help players look their best when they're out on the field being watched by millions of fans."

In addition to coverage on ESPN, the 2015 Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders will be broadcast live on ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN and ESPN Radio in the U.S. as well as ESPN International beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. CT on Monday, July 13th

MLB All-Star Week at Great American Ball Park includes the 86th MLB All-Star Game on FOX (July 14th), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day (July 13th) featuring the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders on ESPN, All-Star Sunday (July 12th) including the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on MLB Network and the All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game on ESPN, and T-Mobile All-Star FanFest at the Duke Energy Convention Center (July 10th-14th). For more MLB All-Star Week information, please visit AllStarGame.com or the MLB All-Star Game Twitter account (@AllStarGame).

About Gillette

For more than 110 years, Gillette has delivered precision technology and unrivaled product performance - improving the lives of hundreds of millions of men worldwide. From shaving and body grooming, to skin care and sweat protection, Gillette offers a wide variety of products including razors, shave gel (gels, foams and creams), skin care, after shaves, antiperspirants, deodorants and body wash. For more information and the latest news on Gillette as well as a full listing of products, visit http://www.gillette.com/. Gillette also offers the Gillette Shave Club, http://www.gilletteshaveclub.com, where guys can sign up to receive one of our Gillette Shave Plans delivered directly to their door on a schedule they set. Guys can also sign up to receive rewards that only Gillette can offer, like a chance to win tickets to sporting and entertainment events.

About Head & Shoulders

With 50 years of proven scalp care technology and success, Head & Shoulders continues to be a trusted daily grooming staple of professional athletes as the Official Shampoo of MLB. To learn more about what Head & Shoulders is up to this MLB season, visit the Head & Shoulders website, Twitter handle or Facebook page.

About Procter & Gamble

P&G serves approximately 4.8 billion people around the world with its brands. The Company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Duracell®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, Wella® and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

 

About Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 member clubs in the U.S. and Canada, representing the highest level of professional baseball. Major League Baseball is the best-attended sport in North America, and the last decade includes all 10 of the best-attended individual seasons by fans in MLB history, with each regular season eclipsing the 73 million mark. Now led by Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., MLB currently features record levels of labor peace, competitive balance and industry revenues, as well as the most comprehensive drug-testing program in American professional sports. MLB remains committed to making an impact in the communities of the U.S., Canada and throughout the world, perpetuating the sport's larger role in society and permeating every facet of baseball's business, marketing and community relations endeavors. With the continued success of MLB Advanced Media and MLB Network, MLB continues to find innovative ways for its fans to enjoy America's National Pastime and a truly global game. For more information on Major League Baseball, visit mlb.mlb.com.