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Derek Jeter: Yankee Captain

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Derek adored ball. He dreamed of playing professionally, and also predicted in a school essay that he would one day suit up as the shortstop of the Yankees. The genetics were in his favor-- Charles had actually been a shortstop for Fisk University and a cousin, Gary Jeter, logged numerous good years as a defensive lineman with the New York Giants.
Derek was a spectacularly well-adjusted child. Thanks to a quick mind, effortless manner, and the self - confidence that his parents built up in him, his bad days were infrequent. He was successful at just about every little thing he tried. The item of a bi-racial couple, Derek turned a possibly tricky situation into a beneficial-- instead of trying to fit into one group or another, he just felt that he can get along with anybody.
Derek's athletic prowess was clear by the time he started his Little League profession. His parents urged him in recreations and let him set his very own goals. They supplied the perimeters, reminding him that if his academics suffered, ball was off the board.
Derek kept his part of the deal, bringing home good report cards and preserving an A-minus average once he entered Kalamazoo Central High School. He also blossomed as an all-around competitor, growing taller than six feet and contending at the varsity level in basketball by age 14. As a sophomore point guard, he hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to top rival Portage Central High School-- still among his fondest sports memories. As a shortstop, Derek drew comparisons to Cal Ripken. He was big, he can hit, and even as a freshman, his arm was effective enough to make tosses from the hole.

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