Derek Jeter is a retired MLB player who earned great acclaim for his time on the Major League Baseball team, the New York Yankeees. For his entire career, Jeter played the shortstop position wearing his, now-retired, uniform number 2. Many regard Jeter as one of the best baseball players in history, joining the ranks of other Baseball Hall of Famers once he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2020. He helped lead the Yankees to World Series Championship victory five times in the span of his 20-year career. Off the field during his career, Jeter has invested his time and efforts into founding a philanthropic organization and other charitable events. Days after retiring from the Yankees, Jeter announced his new endeavor of creating a company that encourages youth to live healthy lifestyles. Jeter enjoys spending time with his wife, Hannah Davis, and his two young girls, Bella Raine and Story Grey.
Derek Jeter was drafted to the New York Yankees in June of 1992 in the first round as the sixth overall pick. He was playing on a Yankee-affiliated minor league baseball team for three years, until he was selected to replace Tony Fernandez as the shortstop for this MLB team in 1995. His Major League debut on the iconic team was on May 29, 1995 against the Seattle Mariners. Jeter's stride really took off in 1996 when he was announced as the Opening Day shortstop for the team and hit a homerun into left field on the same day; he would continue to be the Opening Day shortstop for the next 17 seasons. That same year, Jeter embraced his first World Series Championship victory, enjoying that feeling again in 1998, 1999, 2000, and for his last time, in 2009.
Jeter was notorious for his "inside-out" batting swings and his jump-throws. In 2003, Jeter was named team captain, and he held that title proudly till he retired in 2014.
Derek Jeter has won many awards during his baseball career. Before he was selected to play in Major League Baseball in '95, Jeter was awarded the Minor League Player of the Year while he was playing for the Columbus Clippers in 1994. In his second season playing with the New York Yankees, his batting and shortstop skills were crucial in the victory of the World Series Championships against the Atlanta Braves; because of his performance, he was named American League Rookie of the Year in 1996.
In 1998, Jeter and the Yankees went on a winning streak and won the World Series three times consecutively from 1998-2000. After each World Series win beginning in '98, Jeter was named the American League All-Star. After the 2000 win, Jeter was awarded the World Series Most Valuable Player and All-Star Most Valuable Player. In the same year, he was given the Babe Ruth Award, an award given to the player with the best performance. The American League All-Star award was still awarded to him after the 2000 World Series win, being awarded the All-Star in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006-2012, and in his final year in 2014.
Jeter has also been awarded the Hank Aaron Award in 2006 and 2009, and the Roberto Clemente Award in 2009 following another World Series win. From '06-'09 and in '12, Jeter was named the American League's Silver Slugger for his offensive performance as shortstop. On July 9, 2011, Jeter had his 3,000th career hit, a huge milestone to reach in baseball.
Derek Jeter was born in Pequannock Township, New Jersey to parents Dorothy and Charles Jeter on June 26, 1974. They shortly moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan for his father to continue his graduate studies at Western Michigan University at the age of 4. When Jeter was five, his parents had a second child named Sharlee, and they both grew up in a strict household, prioritizing both academics and extracurricular activities. Spending summers at his maternal grandparents' house in New Jersey, Jeter grew up as a fan of the New York Yankees. In 2012, Jeter was introduced to Hannah Davis through a mutual friend and they quickly became romantically-involved. Two years later, Jeter proposed to Davis and they married on July 9, 2016. Together, they have two young girls, Bella Raine and Story Grey.
The Turn 2 Foundation is a philanthropic foundation aimed to help troubled kids and steer them on a better, healthier path. This non-profit was founded by Derek Jeter and his father in 1996, during the early days of his career. Derek Jeter was inspired to start a foundation focusing on youth who are currently battling with alcohol-use and drug use after he grew up watching his father work as a substance-abuse counselor. The Turn 2 Foundation is still active two decades later, and has donated over $29 million dollars, funding its program and other organizations that support the same goals.
The Players' Tribune is a media company focused on breaking the divide between players and spectators, and having a space for the players to speak directly to its fans. The Players' Tribune was founded by Derek Jeter after he retired from the New York Yankees in 2014. This media company releases and publishes articles, video series, and podcasts directly from athletes themselves.
Hannah Davis, now Hannah Jeter, is Derek Jeter's wife. They met in 2012 from a mutual friend and their relationship blossomed into a marriage. Born and raised in the Virgin Islands of St. Thomas, Hannah Davis did not follow American baseball and did not know much about Jeter or his popularity at their first meeting. Hannah Davis is an international model under the IMG agency and is most recognized for her covers on Sports Illustrated.
Derek Jeter played his last MLB game for the New York Yankees on September 25, 2014. The Yankees won an unbelievable game against the Baltimore Orioles, with Jeter coming up to bat at the bottom of the ninth in a tied game and hitting the ball between first and second base. His teammate, Antoan Richardson, was on third base and was able to break the tie of the game and have the Yankees win from Jeter's hit.