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Publisher Comments:

Every spring, Little Leaguers across the country mimic his stance and squabble over

the right to wear his number, 2, the next number to be retired by the world’s most famous ball team.

Derek Jeter is their hero. He walks in the footsteps of Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, and Mantle, and

someday his shadow will loom just as large. Yet he has never been the best player in baseball. In fact,

he hasn’t always been the best player on his team. But his intangible grace and Jordanesque ability

to play big in the biggest of postseason moments make him the face of the modern Yankee dynasty,

and of America’s game. In The Captain, best-selling author Ian O’Connor draws on extensive reporting and unique

access to Jeter that has spanned some fifteen years to  reveal how a biracial kid from Michigan became New York’s most beloved sports figure and the enduring symbol of the steroid-free athlete. O’Connor takes us behind the scenes of a legendary baseball life and career, from Jeter’s early struggles in the minor leagues, when homesickness and errors in the field threatened a stillborn career, to his heady days as a Yankee superstar and prince of the city who squired some of the world’s most beautiful women, to his tense battles with former best friend A-Rod. We also witness Jeter struggling to come to terms with his declining skills and the declining favor of the only organization he ever wanted to play for, leading to a contentious contract negotiation with the Yankees that left people wondering if Jeter might end his career in a uniform without pinstripes. Derek Jeter’s march toward the Hall of Fame has been dignified and certain, but behind that

leadership and hero’s grace there are hidden struggles and complexities that have never been

explored, until now. As Jeter closes in on 3,000 hits, a number no Yankee has ever touched, The

Captain offers an incisive, exhilarating, and revealing new look at one of the game’s greatest

players in the gloaming of his career.

Review:

"This solid chronological account of Jeter's life begins with his parents' biracial marriage and Jeter's boyhood prediction that he would grow up to play for the Yankees, then follows him through a 15-year career that to date has included 11 All-Star selections and five World Series titles. O'Connor (Arnie & Jack) nicely details Jeter's high and lows, with his in-depth accounts of the 1992 draft, in which the senior from Kalamazoo (Mich.) Central High School somehow went to the Yankees as a #5 pick. He then recounts Jeter's on-field and off-field struggles during his first minor league season, giving readers a rare glimpse of the superstar at his most anxious and vulnerable. While O'Connor doesn't shy away from charting Jeter's various romances, exploring his feud with Alex Rodriguez, or documenting the shortstop's inability to forgive even the smallest slight, there isn't much new information or controversy, so those looking for the inner-torment of Joe DiMaggio, the braggadocio of Ted Williams, the social activism of Hank Aaron, or the controversy of Jose Canseco are out of luck. Still, O'Connor peppers the bio with enough hidden gems about the notoriously private ballplayer to make this the most thorough and intriguing work on Jeter so far. And O'Connor's ability to reconcile Jeter the man with Jeter the ballplayer means that even Red Sox fans may enjoy this bio. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

This unparalleled close-up is the definitive book of baseball's most iconic player, Derek Jeter. The shortstop-next-door, the King of the City, the last clean champion of the game, learn what has made Jeter the face—and the hero—of the last Yankee dynasty, those teams that won four World Series championships in five years.

Synopsis:

“Derek Jeter is undoubtedly the most talked about, argued about, cheered, booed and ultimately respected baseball player of his generation. And as public a figure as he has been, he is in many ways the least known. That changes now as Ian OConnor, one of the best sports writers anywhere, goes deep and does what no one has quite been able to do: Tell us a bit about who Derek Jeter really is.”—Joe Posnanski, author of The Machine

“Deftly told.”—Washington Post

In The Captain, Ian OConnor draws on unique access to Derek Jeter and more than 200 new interviews to reveal how a biracial kid from Michigan became New Yorks most beloved sports figure and the face of the steroid-free athlete. OConnor takes us behind the scenes of a legendary baseball life, from Jeters early struggles in the minor leagues, when homesickness and errors threatened a stillborn career, to the heady days of Yankee superiority and nightlife, to the battles with former best friend A-Rod. All along the way, Jeter has made his Hall-of-Fame destiny look easy. But behind that leadership and heros grace there are hidden struggles and complexities that have never been explored, until now.

Synopsis:

Every spring, Little Leaguers across the country mimic his stance and squabble over

the right to wear his number, 2, the next number to be retired by the world’s most famous ball team.

Derek Jeter is their hero. He walks in the footsteps of Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, and Mantle, and

someday his shadow will loom just as large. Yet he has never been the best player in baseball. In fact,

he hasn’t always been the best player on his team. But his intangible grace and Jordanesque ability

to play big in the biggest of postseason moments make him the face of the modern Yankee dynasty,

and of America’s game. In The Captain, best-selling author Ian O’Connor draws on extensive reporting and unique

access to Jeter that has spanned some fifteen years to  reveal how a biracial kid from Michigan became New York’s most beloved sports figure and the enduring symbol of the steroid-free athlete. O’Connor takes us behind the scenes of a legendary baseball life and career, from Jeter’s early struggles in the minor leagues, when homesickness and errors in the field threatened a stillborn career, to his heady days as a Yankee superstar and prince of the city who squired some of the world’s most beautiful women, to his tense battles with former best friend A-Rod. We also witness Jeter struggling to come to terms with his declining skills and the declining favor of the only organization he ever wanted to play for, leading to a contentious contract negotiation with the Yankees that left people wondering if Jeter might end his career in a uniform without pinstripes. Derek Jeter’s march toward the Hall of Fame has been dignified and certain, but behind that

leadership and hero’s grace there are hidden struggles and complexities that have never been

explored, until now. As Jeter closes in on 3,000 hits, a number no Yankee has ever touched, The

Captain offers an incisive, exhilarating, and revealing new look at one of the game’s greatest

players in the gloaming of his career.

About the Author

Ian OConnor is a nationally recognized sports columnist, twice named the number-one sports columnist in America in his circulation category by the Associated Press sports editors. He is the author of The Jump: Sebastian Telfair and the High-Stakes Business of High-School Ball.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction ix

1. The Kalamazoo Kid 1

2. The Draft 21

3. E-6 47

4. Rookie of the Year 73

5. Champion 97

6. Perfection 124

7. Dynasty 147

8. The Flip 178

9. New Guys 209

10. Alex 244

11. The Great Divide 273

12. Moment of Truth 299

13. Rebirth 331

Epilogue 364

Acknowledgments 379

A Note on the Author’s Interviews and Sources 382

Bibliography 388

Index 390

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547327938
Subtitle:
The Journey of Derek Jeter
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
O'Connor, Ian
Subject:
Baseball - History
Subject:
Sports - General
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Baseball General
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20120403
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 8 page insert
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Biography » Sports
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Baseball » Biographies
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Baseball » General

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Product details 448 pages Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) - English 9780547327938 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This solid chronological account of Jeter's life begins with his parents' biracial marriage and Jeter's boyhood prediction that he would grow up to play for the Yankees, then follows him through a 15-year career that to date has included 11 All-Star selections and five World Series titles. O'Connor (Arnie & Jack) nicely details Jeter's high and lows, with his in-depth accounts of the 1992 draft, in which the senior from Kalamazoo (Mich.) Central High School somehow went to the Yankees as a #5 pick. He then recounts Jeter's on-field and off-field struggles during his first minor league season, giving readers a rare glimpse of the superstar at his most anxious and vulnerable. While O'Connor doesn't shy away from charting Jeter's various romances, exploring his feud with Alex Rodriguez, or documenting the shortstop's inability to forgive even the smallest slight, there isn't much new information or controversy, so those looking for the inner-torment of Joe DiMaggio, the braggadocio of Ted Williams, the social activism of Hank Aaron, or the controversy of Jose Canseco are out of luck. Still, O'Connor peppers the bio with enough hidden gems about the notoriously private ballplayer to make this the most thorough and intriguing work on Jeter so far. And O'Connor's ability to reconcile Jeter the man with Jeter the ballplayer means that even Red Sox fans may enjoy this bio. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , This unparalleled close-up is the definitive book of baseball's most iconic player, Derek Jeter. The shortstop-next-door, the King of the City, the last clean champion of the game, learn what has made Jeter the face—and the hero—of the last Yankee dynasty, those teams that won four World Series championships in five years.
"Synopsis" by , “Derek Jeter is undoubtedly the most talked about, argued about, cheered, booed and ultimately respected baseball player of his generation. And as public a figure as he has been, he is in many ways the least known. That changes now as Ian OConnor, one of the best sports writers anywhere, goes deep and does what no one has quite been able to do: Tell us a bit about who Derek Jeter really is.”—Joe Posnanski, author of The Machine

“Deftly told.”—Washington Post

In The Captain, Ian OConnor draws on unique access to Derek Jeter and more than 200 new interviews to reveal how a biracial kid from Michigan became New Yorks most beloved sports figure and the face of the steroid-free athlete. OConnor takes us behind the scenes of a legendary baseball life, from Jeters early struggles in the minor leagues, when homesickness and errors threatened a stillborn career, to the heady days of Yankee superiority and nightlife, to the battles with former best friend A-Rod. All along the way, Jeter has made his Hall-of-Fame destiny look easy. But behind that leadership and heros grace there are hidden struggles and complexities that have never been explored, until now.

"Synopsis" by ,
Every spring, Little Leaguers across the country mimic his stance and squabble over

the right to wear his number, 2, the next number to be retired by the world’s most famous ball team.

Derek Jeter is their hero. He walks in the footsteps of Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, and Mantle, and

someday his shadow will loom just as large. Yet he has never been the best player in baseball. In fact,

he hasn’t always been the best player on his team. But his intangible grace and Jordanesque ability

to play big in the biggest of postseason moments make him the face of the modern Yankee dynasty,

and of America’s game. In The Captain, best-selling author Ian O’Connor draws on extensive reporting and unique

access to Jeter that has spanned some fifteen years to  reveal how a biracial kid from Michigan became New York’s most beloved sports figure and the enduring symbol of the steroid-free athlete. O’Connor takes us behind the scenes of a legendary baseball life and career, from Jeter’s early struggles in the minor leagues, when homesickness and errors in the field threatened a stillborn career, to his heady days as a Yankee superstar and prince of the city who squired some of the world’s most beautiful women, to his tense battles with former best friend A-Rod. We also witness Jeter struggling to come to terms with his declining skills and the declining favor of the only organization he ever wanted to play for, leading to a contentious contract negotiation with the Yankees that left people wondering if Jeter might end his career in a uniform without pinstripes. Derek Jeter’s march toward the Hall of Fame has been dignified and certain, but behind that

leadership and hero’s grace there are hidden struggles and complexities that have never been

explored, until now. As Jeter closes in on 3,000 hits, a number no Yankee has ever touched, The

Captain offers an incisive, exhilarating, and revealing new look at one of the game’s greatest

players in the gloaming of his career.

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