Description: Derek Jeter first joined the New York Yankees in the early 1990s and has since become the face of the modern Yankees. In many ways, he has also become modern baseball's symbol of a bygone era of genuine sports heroes-an all-American living legend in the tradition of Ruth, DiMaggio, and Mantle. Beloved for his work ethic, leadership, professionalism, and performance under pressure, as well as his loyalty to the team that has been his home for his entire career, Jeter is much more than just the Yankees' captain or one of the best-hitting shortstops in baseball history-he is the heart and soul of the team. On the field, Jeter has won many of baseball's most prestigious honors, and off the field, he has shown the same generosity, quiet class, and commitment to fair play that has won the respect of his peers and the admiration of baseball fans the world over. Derek Jeter, the first illustrated biography to cover Jeter's life and career, draws upon more than 5,000 news articles and features from the New York Times' encyclopedic coverage of the Yankees.
Here are detailed, in-depth accounts of everything from Jeter's 1995 Rookie-of-the-Year debut, to his World Series triumphs, his unforgettable 2004 dive into the stands, his breaking Lou Gehrig's all-time Yankee hit record, and his World-Championship season in the new Yankee Stadium. These pieces are accompanied by more than 100 of the best images from the Times' archives, including candid photographs, front pages, and photos of Yankee milestones and teammates.show more