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Derek Sanderson Jeter

Jeter, Derek Sanderson, 1974–, American baseball player, b. Pequannock, N.J. Drafted by the New York Yankees' in 1992, he played in the minors until he was first called up in 1995. His first full season in the majors was 1996, when the hard-hitting shortstop hit .314 with 10 home runs and 78 RBIs, aided the Yankees' World Series victory, and was the American League Rookie of the Year. An outstanding defensive player with several Gold Gloves, Jeter has been even more successful at the plate, surpassing Lou Gehrig's record for most hits as a Yankee in 2009 and earning his 3,000th career hit in 2011. In 2000 he was the MVP of both the All-Star Game and the World Series.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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