For Black History Month, we celebrate The Captain

Joel Alexander, Staff Reporter

Proceeding Black History Month, MLB announced the induction of The Captain Derek Jeter into the Hall of Fame. The 14 time all-star will be inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame on July 26th. He had a 20 year career with the New York Yankees, and his work on and off the field deserves to be recognized in the Hall of Fame. 

Derek Sanderson Jeter was born on June 26, 1974 and was born in Pequannock Township, New Jersey. He had a 20 year career and is now a part owner in the Miami Marlins. His net worth is currently 185 million dollars. 

With having a great career off the field, Jeter has also continued to expand his profits off of the field. On October 19, 2017, Derek Jeter became the second african-american CEO of an MLB team with the purchase of the Miami Marlins. The first CEO of an MLB team was Magic Johnson in 2012. 

Off the field, Derek Jeter was known for his status as a celebrity. He was involved in relationships with singer Mariah Carey and actress Minka Kelly. With this role of leader, Jeter decided to make the “Turn 2 Foundation”. The “Turn 2 Foundation” was made in order to help teenagers avoid the use of drugs and to reward those with high academic achievement. 

The “Turn 2 Foundation” also donates 100,000 to the UNCF (United Negro College Fund), which helps African-American students with paying for college. 

“Each year we proudly watch our Jeter’s Leaders graduate high school and embark on a new, exciting chapter in their lives, and we are thrilled the UNCF / Sharlee Jeter Scholarship has allowed us to support deserving students in furthering their education,” said Sharlee Jeter, president of the Turn 2 Foundation and Jeter’s sister. 

The two time World Series MVP played a big role in the World Series that he played. Jeter is a five time champ and is one of the primary people who helped make the late 1990s and early 2000s New York Yankees team World Series champions.

Jeter became a role model for many kids around the world and those who were playing baseball strived to be like him.

Senior Ryan Maguire saw Jeter as a role model when playing little league.

“Yes I saw him as a role model because I admired him as a person and as a player. He was someone who worked hard and kept out of trouble.”

Derek Jeter was truly someone that both kids and adults could admire for being a great player and being a great person off of the field. His work on the field will greatly impact the sport and will inspire baseball players of all color for generations to come.