Best Known For
Derek Jeter is a Major League Baseball Player with the New York Yankees and was a key factor in their 1990s World Series wins.
Derek Jeter - Mini Biography (2:46)
Hank Aaron - Mini Biography (5:10)
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was drafted out of High School and has helped his team win five World Series Championships.
Hank Aaron is a former major league baseball player who played for 23 seasons who started out in the Negro Leagues in the 1950s.
While serving in the military, Jackie Robinson was arrested for refusing to move to the back of a segregated bus. In 1947, he made history when his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers ended racial segregation in Major League Baseball.
Babe Ruth admitted to being a "big boob" after he suffered the big belly ache, which turned out to be an intestinal abscess.
Think you know about Biography?
Answer questions and see how you rank against other players.Play Now
Derek Jeter was born on June 26, 1974, in Pequannock, New Jersey. He was drafted by the Yankees in 1992. During 1996, his first full season in the majors, his performance helped the Yankees win the World Series against the Braves. Since then, he's seen the Yankees to World Series wins in 1998, 1999, and 2000. Jeter is the all-time Yankees hit leader and was named team captain in 2003.
Derek Sanderson Jeter was born on June 26, 1974, in Pequannok, New Jersey. At an early age, Jeter showed that he had all the makings of a baseball great. During his senior year at Kalamazoo Central High School, he won several national sports awards, including being named the American High School Coaches Association's 1992 "High School Player of the Year," the 1992 "Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year" and USA Today's "High School Player of the Year."
After graduation, Jeter was picked by the New York Yankees in the June 1992 draft. He first played in the minor leagues, hitting .295 with five home runs during the 1993 season. And Jeter's performance on the field only improved the next year. In 1994, he was selected as "Minor League Player of the Year" by several publications, including The Sporting News and Baseball America.
In 1995, Derek Jeter got his first shot at the major leagues when Yankees shortstop Tony Fernandez was put on the disabled list. Jeter made his debut on May 29 of that year, playing against the Seattle Mariners. The following year, in his first full season as a Major League Baseball player, he batted .314 with 10 home runs. The skilled shortstop also performed well in the infield—his fielding percentage was .969—and helped the Yankees win the World Series against the Atlanta Braves. Jeter won the 1996 American League Rookie of the Year Award for his performance that season.
Jeter has been an outstanding player in the major leagues since his rookie season. He helped the Yankees with more World Series wins in 1998, 1999 and 2000. In 2000, Jeter was named Most Valuable Player in the World Series and the All-Star Game. He also received Gold Glove Awards in 2004 and 2005 for his performance on the field. A consistently strong athlete—boasting a career batting average of .316 and average fielding percentage of .975 around this time—Jeter earned the respect and admiration of coaches, sports commentators, peers and fans. In 2009, he passed Lou Gehrig's record with this 2,722nd hit—the most in franchise history.
In November 2013, Jeter signed on for another year with the Yankees. His new contract is for $12 million. After that season, however, Jeter's future seems unclear. He had a rough season in 2013, playing in only 17 games because of injury.
Off the field, Derek Jeter has garnered attention for his quiet confidence and good looks. He has appeared in numerous commercials and signed a deal with Avon Products, Inc., in 2006 to create a fragrance for men called Driven.
profile name: Derek Jeter profile occupation:
Sign in with Facebook to see how you and your friends are connected to famous icons.
Your Friends' Connections
Included In These Groups
Famous Cancerians 589 people in this group
They've sprinted, served, batted, slam-dunked and TKO'd their way into sports history. Sprinter Jesse Owens's Olympic triumphs put Hitler to shame. Basketball star Michael Jordan taught kids that they could fly. Gymnast Gabby Douglas showed that champions can come in pint-size packages, and Tiger Woods brought the game of golf to another level. Explore biographies of famous black athletes who broke records and barriers and, ultimately, captured our imaginations.
Famous Black Athletes 163 people in this group
America’s favorite pastime has had quite a few heavy hitters and powerful pitchers throughout its history. With their impressive RBIs, game-winning strikeouts and larger-than-life personalities, these famous baseball players have become sports legends. From breaking barriers – Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron and Toni Stone – to breaking records – Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Alex Rodriguez – here are the athletes that have made baseball a national treasure.
Famous Baseball Players 79 people in this group