Jeter has spent his entire career with the New York Yankees, starting in 1995 when he was 20 years old. His accolades include Rookie of the Year, 14 All-Star selections, 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.
Derek Jeter was born in Pequannock, New Jersey, to an African-American father, Charles Jeter; his mother Dorothy is of Irish/German descent. The family lived in North Arlington, New Jersey, before moving to Kalamazoo, Michigan, when he was 4.
Jeter was inspired to play baseball by Hall of Famer Dave Winfield. In high school, Jeter was a star baseball player at Kalamazoo Central High School, where he also played basketball, earning an All-State honorable mention.¹
Though he's often been in the running, Derek has never won the American League's Most Valuable Player award. In 1998, he placed 3rd in the voting; in 2006, second.
Despite another great year in 2009 - .334 BA, 212 Hits, 107 Runs and his fourth Gold Glove, Jeter was again deprived of a much deserved MVP award, this time finishing third in the voting. For Jeter's career stats, click here.
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