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As the World Celebrates Black History Month, New York Yankees Honor the Incredible Legacy of Derek Jeter

Published 02/26/2023, 7:30 AM EST

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Imagine a world where diversity isn’t just tolerated, but celebrated. A world where every color, every culture, and every creed is seen as a beautiful piece of a larger puzzle. It’s a dream that many share and Black History Month is a reminder that it’s a dream worth fighting for. The month of February is a time to honor and celebrate the achievements of Black individuals throughout history. From the brilliant words of Maya Angelou and the excellence of Serena Williams, Black changemakers have reshaped the world we live in today.

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And let’s not forget the impact of colored baseball athletes. Like the legendary Jackie Robinson, who broke barriers and paved the way for others to follow in his footsteps. But today, let’s shine the light on a different baseball star: Derek Jeter. As a bi-racial player in a sport with a complex history of racial tension, he faced unique challenges. But Derek had a love for the game that was more radiant than any adversity. As the world celebrates Black History Month, the New York Yankees took a moment to honor the incredible legacy of Captain Clutch. 

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In the world of baseball, there are few players who are on par with the iconic Derek Jeter. With his suave style and unwavering character, the former Pinstripes captain was a true legend of the game as a Yankee.

When the phenom stepped on the field, it was as if time stood still. Every move he made, and every play he executed, is reflected in his career history. 14 All-Star appearances, 5 Gold Gloves, 5 Silver-Sluggers, and 5 World Series championships. These were all over the course of two decades he spent in the ballpark. 


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But Jeter’s impact on the game went far beyond these accolades. His success was not just limited to the field. He was also a recipient of the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award. An award that is given to players who best embody the values of community and leadership. 

As if that weren’t enough, the former shortstop’s legacy was cemented even further with his induction into the hallowed halls of Cooperstown in 2020. And of course, his iconic #2 jersey now hangs proudly in Monument Park. Derek Jeter is more than just a baseball player, he is an incredible human being.


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Derek Jeter’s journey to success was not without its challenges 

As a bi-racial kid growing up in Kalamazoo, Jeter often found himself in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. In the docuseries “The Captain,” Derek talked about what it was like having to navigate the subtle forms of racism that he faced on a daily basis. 

“My parents did a great job of sitting us down and saying, ‘Look you’re gonna get looks, people are going to treat you different. You’re gonna deal with racism. You’re gonna deal with prejudice… but you learn how to deal with it.” And it seems like with the guidance of his loving parents, Derek never lost sight of his dreams. 


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In a world where division and hate can seem all-consuming, Jeter’s story serves as a powerful reminder to celebrate the differences and embrace the beauty of diversity. Because at the end of the day, it’s our unique backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives that make us truly vibrant and alive.

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Written by:

Garima Verma


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Garima is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports. She has recently graduated as a Master's student in Media and Communications. She is an avid reader and an ardent cinema fan.
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Abhishek Kumar