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Derek Jeter’s Birthday

Major League Baseball’s star shortstop Derek Jeter was born on June 26, 1974 in Pequannock Township, New Jersey. He was drafted right out of high school by the New York Yankees in 1992 and has been playing with the team ever since.

Derek Jeter has played 18 seasons with the Yankees since his Major League debut on May 29, 1995. In 1996, Derek Jeter became the starting shortstop for the Yankees, won the Rookie of the Year, and helped his team to the first of five World Series victories.

Throughout his athletic career, Derek Jeter has been included among the ranks of leading hitters and runners within the Major League Baseball organization. His accolades include: 13 All Star selections, 5 Gold Gloves, 5 Silver Sluggers, 2 Hank Aaron Awards, and a Roberto Clemente Award.

Jeter leads the league in hits by a shortstop and holds the record for most hits, games played, stolen bases, and at bats by any New York Yankees player in history.

Happy Birthday Derek Jeter!

 

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography

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Jackie Robinson Named Rookie of the Year (1947)

On this day in 1947 (the same year he broke the color barrier in baseball by becoming the first black Major League Baseball player since the 1880s), Jackie Robinson was named Rookie of the Year. Though the award had been created in 1940, it didn’t become national until 1947, making Robinson the inaugural winner of the award.

Did you know…In 1987, the 40th anniversary of Robinson’s breaking the color barrier, the National and American League Rookie of the Year Awards were renamed the Jackie Robinson Award in honor of Robinson and his legacy.

 

Sources: Wikipedia, ESPN

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