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Derek Jeter Scrapbook

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June 26, 1974
Derek Sanderson Jeter is born in Pequannock, N.J. He is the first child of Dorothy, an Irish-American accountant, and Charles, an African-American drug-and-alcohol-abuse counselor. Jeter has always credited his parents for his success.
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At age five Derek moves to Kalamazoo, Mich. with his parents and his younger sister, Sharlee. Maternal grandmother, Dorothy Connors, shares her love of the Yankees with Derek and makes him a fan. He wears pinstripes and Yankees hats in Michigan and returns to New Jersey in the summers to visit his relatives and root for his beloved Bombers at Yankee Stadium. Outfielder Dave Winfield is his idol. Jeter dreams of one day playing for the Yanks.

Jeter attends Kalamazoo Central High where he excels in both basketball and baseball. In 11th grade when asked by his teacher to create a coat of arms unique to his personality, Jeter includes a picture of a Yankee at bat in the center.

June 1, 1992
Jeter calls being selected by the New York Yankees as the sixth pick overall in the amateur draft "a dream come true". The 17-year-old Jeter was named the 1992 High School Player of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association, after hitting .508 as a senior.

Fall 1992
Jeter enrolls at the University of Michigan where he spends one semester before leaving school to pursue a career in professional baseball. His first year in the minors, Derek makes stops at Class A Tampa and Greensboro, and struggles to a combined .210 batting average. "I expected the competition to be as good as it was," he said. "But I thought I'd do better."
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At Triple A Columbus, Jeter hits .344 with five home runs, 68 RBIs and 50 stolen bases and is named Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America, The Sporting News, USA Today Baseball Weekly and Topps/NAPBL. While at an Arizona Fall League camp, Derek meets Michael Jordan, who would later sign him to represent his line of Nike sports apparel. Said Jeter of his meeting with the athlete he would most like to be for a day, "He was very nice, very down to Earth, I was very impressed with the way he treated me."

May 29, 1995
After being called up from Columbus, Jeter goes 0-for-5 in his major league debut as the Yankees lose 8-7 in Seattle. "I'll just try to go out and have fun. And try to improve," said Jeter after his first appearance in The Show. Derek's father, Charles, flies in from Michigan to attend the game and afterwards has dinner with his son. "No place open," said the younger Jeter. "We walked around awhile and ended up at McDonald's. I treated."
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May 30, 1995
Jeter collects the first two hits of his major league career and scores two runs in another Yankees' loss to Seattle.

April 2, 1996
Derek becomes the first rookie shortstop to start for the Yankees on Opening Day since 1962, when Tom Tresh subbed for Tony Kubek, who was in the military. In his second at-bat of the day, Derek hits his first major league home run; a solo shot off the Indians' Dennis Martinez.
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October 9, 1996
At home against Baltimore in the first game of the American League Championship Series, Jeter hits a shot towards the short porch in rightfield. The ball, which appears about to disappear into the glove of O's outfielder Tony Tarasco becomes a controversial game-tying home run when a young fan reaches over the wall. Jeff Maier, the 12-year-old from Old Tappan, N.J. becomes an instant celebrity. Later that month -- thanks in large part to Derek's .361 postseason batting average -- the Yankees capture their 23rd World Series championship.

November 1996
Jeter wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award. With his good looks and stellar talent on the field, he attains rock-star status in the City that Never Sleeps. "I really think I am getting all this attention because I'm the youngest guy on the team," Jeter says. "I find it hard to believe. I'm just an average guy who plays baseball for a living."


Photographs by, courtesy of the Jeter Family, V.J. Lovero (2), John Iacono, David Liam Kyle, Mark Lennihan/AP