Derek Jeter

Captain of New York Yankees

Derek Jeter

The New York Yankees drafted Derek Jeter in 1992 out of high school. He started in the major leages in 1995. In 1996 he was the starting shortstop, won the Rooke of the year Ward, and led the team to the 1996 world weries.

Derek as a Kid

Jeter was born in Pequannock Township, New Jersey, on June 26, 1974. His mother, Dorothy an accountant. His father, Sanderson Charles Jeter, a substance abuse counselor, is African-American. When Jeter was a child, his parents made him sign a contract every year that set acceptable and unacceptable forms of behavior. Dorothy instilled a positive attitude in her son, insisting that he not use the word "can't". Jeter's younger sister Sharlee was a softball star in high school, while his father played baseball at Fisk University in Tennessee as a shortstop.

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Derek Jeter

Jeter earned $750,000 for the 1998 season. That year, Jeter was selected for his first All-Star Game. In the regular season, he batted .324 with a league-leading 127 runs, 19 home runs, and 84 RBI, for a team that won 114 games during the regular season and is widely considered to be one of the greatest of all time.

Derek Jeter