Derek Sanderson Jeter was born on June 26, 1974 in Pequannock Township, New Jersey, the son of accountant Dorothy (née Connors) and substance abuse counselor Sanderson Charles Jeter, Ph D.
His mother is of English, German, and Irish ancestry, while his father is African-American.
These included an All-State honorable mention, distinguishing him as one of the best high school baseball players in Michigan, the Kalamazoo Area B'nai B'rith Award for Scholar Athlete, the 1992 High School Player of the Year Award from the American Baseball Coaches Association, the 1992 Gatorade High School Player of the year award, and USA Today As a scout for the Houston Astros, Hal Newhouser evaluated Jeter extensively before the 1992 MLB draft.
In his senior year, he batted .508 and compiled 23 runs batted in (RBI), 21 walks, four home runs, a .637 on-base percentage (OBP), a .831 slugging percentage (SLG), 12 stolen bases (in 12 attempts), and only one strikeout.
Jeter received several honors after his senior season.
In his first professional game, Jeter failed to get a hit in seven at-bats, going 0-for-7, while striking out five times.
Returning to the Hornets in 1993, his first full season of professional baseball, Jeter hit .295 with five home runs, 71 RBI, and 18 stolen bases; SAL managers voted him the "Most Outstanding Major League Prospect" in the league.
He consistently placed among the AL leaders in hits and runs scored for most of his career, and served as the Yankees' team captain from 2003 until his retirement in 2014.
Throughout his career, Jeter contributed reliably to the Yankees' franchise successes.
As a precaution, the Yankees signed Tony Fernández to a two-year contract.
With Fernández the starting shortstop, the Yankees assigned Jeter to Class AAA.
-tər; born June 26, 1974) is an American former professional baseball shortstop, current businessman and baseball executive who is the chief executive officer (CEO) and part owner of the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball (MLB).
As a shortstop, Jeter spent his entire 20-year MLB playing career with the New York Yankees.
Clyde King, a close Steinbrenner advisor, observed Jeter for two days in spring training in 1996, and came away with the impression that Jeter was not yet ready.