When Derek was
12, he got Dave Winfield’s autograph in the Tiger Stadium parking
junior high yearbook, students were asked to predict what they would
be doing in 10 years. He wrote that he would be playing shortstop for
Derek played AAU
basketball against Chris Webber and Jalen Rose.
In high school,
Derek’s throws from shortstop were clocked in the high 80s. He
struck out just once his senior year.
Derek ran up phone
bills of $300 a month talking to his family during his first year in
a post-season record for hits by a rookie in 1996, with 22.
Derek caught the final out of Dwight Gooden’s no-hitter
in May of 1996.
In 1996, Derek
and Alex Rodriguez stayed in each other’s apartments whenever their teams
In the 1997 playoffs,
Tim Raines, Derek and Paul O’Neill hit back-to-back-to-back homers—the
first time the Yankees had ever done this in the postseason.
Derek was named
captain of the Yankees in 2003.
In 2005, Derek hit the first grand slam of his career. Prior to that, he had gone longer than any active player without homering with the bases full.
Derek lost the 2006 AL MVP voting to Justin Morneau by 14 points, 320 to 306.
Derek played in the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2009. He was captain of the ’09 U.S. team.
On September 11, 2009, Derek passed Lou Gehrig as the Yankees' all-time hit leader.
Derek's .406 on-base average in 2009 ranked third in the AL.
In 2009, Derek passed Luis Aparicio to become the all-time hit leader among shortstops.
When Derek, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera started their 16th season together in 2010, they broke the record set by Jim Gantner, Paul Molitor and Robin Yount of the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1970s and 1980s.
In June of 2010, Derek recorded his 3,000th hit as a major leaguer—including postseason play.
In 2010, Derek passed Rickey Henderson as the team’s all-time leader in lead-off home runs.
Derek scored his 100th postseason run in the 2010 ALCS.
Derek is the only player to go 5-for-5 the day he reached 3,000 hits. Craig Biggio went 5-for-6 on his big day.
Derek was the second player whose 3,000th hit was a home run. Former teammate Wade Boggs was the first.
Derek became the Yankees’ all-time stolen base leader in 2011. His 327th swipe eclipsed the mark set by Rickey Henderson.
The fan who caught Derek’s 3,000th hit, Christian Lopez, returned the ball to him without asking for anything in return. The Yankees gave him tickets and signed memorabilia, and Modell’s and Steiner Sports pledged $50,000 to help Lopez pay off his student loans.
In the old Yankee Stadium, Derek’s locker
was located next to the one that belonged to the New York’s most
famous first-round pick before Derek, Thurman Munson.
once questioned Derek’s commitment because of his active nightlife.
This later became the basis for a funny Visa Check Card commercial.
the Turn 2 Foundation for troubled kids in 1996.
Derek appeared on the cover of GQ in 1998 and has hosted "Saturday
at the University of Michigan in 1993, and he plans to go back and get
his degree after his career. He makes annual wagers with Steinbrenner, a
big Buckeye fan, on the outcome of the Michigan-Ohio State football
In 2002, Derek
was named the #1 good guy in sports by The Sporting News.
first year in the majors, he listened to Mariah Carey CDs as part of
his pre-game routine. During his second year, he was dating Mariah. Derek has also been linked to Scareltt Johansson, former Miss Universe Lara Dutta, Jordana Brewster, Vanessa Minnillo, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel and Minka Kelly.
Derek made his movie debut in 2010, with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in "The Other Guys."
Derek was inducted into the Kalamazoo Central High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.