Derek Sanderson Jeter was born June 26, 1974 in Pequannock Township, NJ. He and his family lived in New Jersey until Derek was four years old, at which point they moved to Kalamazoo, MI. Jeter attended Kalamazoo Central High School, where he played baseball and basketball. Jeter received several honors after his senior season. These included an All-State honorable mention, distinguishing him as one of the best high school baseball players in Michigan.
The Astros held the first overall pick in the 1992 draft, but the Astros feared that Jeter would insist on a salary bonus of at least $1 million to forgo his college scholarship for a professional contract, so they passed on him. The Yankees, who selected sixth, rated Jeter highly. Though Yankees officials were concerned that Jeter would attend college instead of signing a professional contract, a scout convinced them to select him, saying, "the only place Derek Jeter's going is to Cooperstown."
Jeter has since played 20 seasons for the New York Yankees. He's a five-time World Series champion, and regarded as a central figure of the Yankees' success of the late 1990s and early 2000s. He is the Yankees' all-time career leader in hits (3,465), doubles (544), games played (2,747), stolen bases (358), times on base (4,716), plate appearances (12,602) and at bats (11,195). Jeter is a 14 time All-Star selection, has five Gold Glove Awards, five Silver Slugger Awards, two Hank Aaron Awards, and a Roberto Clemente Award. Jeter became the 28th player to reach 3,000 hits and finished his career sixth all-time in career hits and the all-time MLB leader in hits by a shortstop.
World Series Champion with the NY Yankees 1996, 1998–2000, 2009
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