On Sunday the 14th of May 2017, the Yankees retired the #2 jersey of Derek Jeter. In a touching ceremony, the baseball world got one more chance to say farewell to The Captain. The New York Yankees commemorated the occasion by putting up a monument for him in Monument Park, and they gave him a 14-karat gold ring, inscribed with a list of his accomplishments.

Jeter’s list of credentials is extremely long, but it must start with the fact that he has been a key member of five Yankees teams that have won the world series. The fact of the matter is, Jeter was not the most talented player on the field, but he had the heart and drive of a champion. His cool demeanor helped to keep his squad focused, and it also helped him to earn his reputation for coming through in the big moments.

From the beginning of his career to his final game, Derek always counted it an honor to wear the pinstripes. Before his debut, Steinbrenner was set against starting Jeter at shortstop as a rookie. However, he was talked into giving Jeter a chance, and Derek produced with a .314 batting average and over 100 runs scored. He was only the fifth unanimous choice for Rookie of the Year.

Head to the next page for more of Jeter’s career highlights!

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