Derek Sanderson Jeter was born at Chilton Hospital in New Jersey on June 26th, 1974, to parents Charles Jeter and Dorothy Connors.
His family lived in New Jersey until Derek was four, when the family moved to Kalamazzo, Michigan.
Less than 30 miles away from Yankee Stadium, Jeter’s grandmother was an avid baseball fan and took him to games during his summer visits. He idolized the players and turned his attention to athletics. He started playing tee-ball at age five.
By the time he was enrolled in Kalamazoo Central High School, he was receiving recognition for his abilities. He won several national sports awards and was named 1992 High School Player of the Year by the American High School Coaches Association. USA Today newspaper also named him High School Player of the Year.
After graduation, Jeter was picked by the New York Yankees the first draft. Recognition didn’t end with his high school career. While in the major leagues he has received the rookie of the year award and is the only player to receive both the All-Star Game MVP Award and the World Series MVP Award in the same year.
His .317 career batting average through the 2007 season ranks him with the 5th-highest lifetime batting average of all active baseball players.
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