Derek Sanderson Jeter was born on June 26, 1974 in Pequannock, New Jersey. He is the son of Dr. Sanderson Charles and Dorothy Jeter. Jeter has one sister named Sharlee. When Jeter was four the family moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Jeter quickly became a baseball star in high school. He attended Kalamazoo Central High School. In 1992 Jeter was awarded the Gatorade High School Player of the Year award and the USA Today’s High School Player of the Year.
Jeter received a baseball scholarship to the University of Michigan. Eventually, Jeter was drafted by the New York Yankees and chose to turn professional. He has stated that he intends to attend college in the future.
Jeter spent four years in the minor leagues. He made his professional debut in 1995. The next year Jeter won the Rookie of the Year Award and helped the Yankees win the 1996 World Series. Jeter was a member of championship team in 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2009. In 2000, Jeter became the only player in history to win both the World Series MVP Award and the All-Star Game MVP Award in the same year.
Jeter is also the all-time Yankees hit leader, having surpassed Hall of Fame member Lou Gehrig in 2009. In 2006, Jeter was the second highest paid endorser in baseball. He had earned $7 million in endorsements. in 2011 Jeter was ranked as the most marketable player in baseball. Jeter is considered to be one of the best players of his generation.
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