In an era of boorish athletes, loud-mouthed ballplayers, and obnoxious fans, New York Yankees star shortstop Derek Jeter is quite a change. He is as polite as he is good-looking, and as talented as they come. One of the league s leading run producers, Derek can steal his way into scoring position, or smash the ball out of the park. He has helped the Yankees win four World Series rings.
Born in 1974 in New Jersey, Derek and his family moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan, while he was still young. He grew up with strict but loving parents, and has everything to show for his strong family ties. He always dreamed of playing for the New York Yankees. Though he has only been in the major leagues since 1996 (his first full year), he has rapidly become a superstar. Most agree he is in his prime and this handsome young man with the infectious smile has the potential for making baseball history.