Emerged from the den of New York Yankees, Derek Jeter has managed to take his name to infinity and beyond. From starting with a sensational high school career to becoming one of the richest sportspersons of all time, Jeter’s success story is an inspiration to all of us.
Here is what you need to know about his early life, career, accolades, and so much more!
Derek Sanderson Jeter came into the world on June 26, 1974, in Pequannock Township, New Jersey. He belongs to African-American, English, German and Irish ancestry. His family shifted to Kalamazoo, Michigan, when he was four years old.
Many of you will find it hard to believe, but Jeter started showing his talent in baseball in little league baseball at the age of five. He was a huge fan of Yankees right from the very beginning of his childhood. Well-known outfielder Dave Winfield became his major inspiration for pursuing a career in baseball.
Jeter had the honor of being elected as one of the best high school baseball players in Michigan. His hard work paid him off, and he earned a scholarship for the University of Michigan. He started playing for Michigan Wolverines there.
Houston Astros was pretty hot for picking Derek Jeter in the 1992 MLB draft. Hall of Fame pitcher Hal Newhouser saw his potential at a very early age. That’s why he tried really hard to get him in Astros. But his contract of $1 million seemed too much at that time. It resulted in forcing Astros to buy Phil Nevin instead of Jeter for $700,000.
It felt like Derek’s destiny was waiting for something else. He was chosen for New York Yankees in the same draft. He went on to play for the Yankees from 1992 to 1995.
After making a spectacular MLB debut in 1995, Jeter was ranked as baseball 6th best prospect. He had an amazing rookie season in 1996. In 1999, he scored 134 runs with a batting average of .349.
This allowed him to extend his career in the Yankees team for another ten years. In July 2011, he scored his 3000th career hit. On September 28, 2014, he retired from baseball to spend more time with his family. In his honor, his jersey no. 2 was retired by the Yankees.
Jeter has his homes in Marlboro Township, New Jersey, Greenwood Lake, New York, and the Davis Islands near Tampa, Florida. He also has a long list of female partners, including Mariah Carey, Vida Guerra, Lara Dutta, Joy Enriquez, Vanessa Minnillo, Jordana Brewster, Jessica Biel, and Minka Kelly.
But Derek finally ended up with model Hannah Davis in 2012. They engaged in 2015 and married in July 2016. Davis gave birth to their first baby in August 2017. They welcomed their second daughter in January 2019.
Jeter is responsible for creating the Turn 2 Foundation for helping the children to avoid drug and alcohol addiction. He also received an honorary doctorate from Sienna College for his foundation’s work in 2012. He is currently an ambassador for Weplay to encourage children to play games.
Jeter is known for making a special appearance in one of the best comic sitcoms of all time, Seinfeld. He has also appeared on Saturday Night Live. He cameo roles can also be seen in movies like Anger Management and The Other Guys.
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in New York has honored him by making Jeter’s wax figure. His sculpture at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is also very well famous.
Below are some of his most prominent career highlights and awards.
- 14-time All-Star
- 5-time New York Yankees Player of the Year
- 5-time AL Gold Glove Award
- 5-time AL Silver Slugger Award
- 2-time Hank Aaron Award
- GIBBY Award for Performance of the Year (2011)
- Lou Gehrig Memorial Award (2010)
- Robert Clemente Award (2009)
- Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (2009)
- Baseball Digest Player of the Year (2006)
- Players Choices Award for Rookie of the Year (2004)
Derek Jeter’s net worth is $200 million as of 2020.