Awesome Derek Jeter Facts For His 41st Birthday

Happy Birthday, Captain.

New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter turns 41 on June 26. While Jeter is now retired from baseball, fans will always remember his amazing 20 year career.

Here are 30 must-know Jeter facts for his birthday:

1. He was the final Yankee player with a single digit number (all of the other single digit numbers are retired by the Yankees).

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2. He has five World Series Championship rings.

3. Jeter earned the nickname "Mr. November" for his excellent post-season play. He even had a .321 post-season batting average.

4. He was selected to the All-Star Team 14 times in his career.

5. He represented the United States in the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2009 as a shortstop.

6. His 3,000th hit was a home run. That same day, he went 5-for-5.

7. He was drafted 6th overall by the Yankees in the 1992 draft.

8. He won the AL Rookie of Year award in 1996.

9. Jeter started his professional baseball career in the Yankees' farm system. He played for teams like Greensboro Hornets and the Albany-Colonie Yankees.

10. He made his Yankee debut on May 29, 1995.

11. Jeter celebrated by waving his cap in the air.

12. Jeter won the Hank Aaron award as the top hitter in 2006 and 2009.

13. He was always a dominate hitter and gained five Silver Slugger awards.

14. Jeter was also known for his amazing defensive plays, and he earned five Gold Glove awards.

15. In 2012, at age 38, he led the league in hits.

16. Jeter has more hits in Yankee Stadium than any other player.

17. He is the all-time leader in Yankees' lead-off home runs.

18. On June 3, 2003, Jeter received the "Captain" title from Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

19. One of Jeter's greatest plays was "The Dive" in a win against the Red Sox during 2004.

20. Although he grew up in Michigan, he was born in New Jersey.

21. Jeter would visit his grandmother during the summers in New Jersey and that is how he grew up as a Yankees fan.

22. As a child, Jeter predicted he would play shortstop for the Yankees.

23. At age 12, he received an autograph from baseball player Dave Winfield.

24. Prior to playing professional baseball, he played baseball in Kalamazoo Central High School.

25. One of his other great plays was the backhand flip to secure a victory for the Yankees during the 2001 American League Championship series.

26. Jeter delivered a farewell speech to the fans at the conclusion of the final game at the old Yankees Stadium.

27. Jeter was a great role model for children, and they loved him back.

Jeter giving baseball to a young fan

28. Jeter founded the Turn 2 Foundation, which helps children avoid drugs and alcohol.

29. At one point, he had his own breakfast food called Jeter's Frosted Flakes Cereal.

30. He also known for his commercials for Ford vehicles, driving them like no other.

31. Jeter infamously had a cameo in appearances in movies like "The Other Guys" and TV shows like "Seinfeld".

32. Jeter had a walk-off winning hit during his final appearance at Yankee Stadium.

Deter Jeter with the walk-off win tonight.

(H/T: New York Daily News)

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