Derek Jeter turned 40 years old on Thursday, bringing with him into his next decade 19 seasons of major-league memories with the Yankees as he plays his final games this year.
Jeter, the face of the Yankees and in many ways Major League Baseball for the past 15 years or so, will retire at season’s end.
Jeter grew up in front of several generations of Yankees fans, all the while cultivating an image of class and respect both on and off the field.
He's been known as “Captain Clutch” for his knack for timely hitting in big spots and “Mr. November” for that game-winning home run in Game 4 of the 2001 World Series in what was the first MLB game ever played in that month.
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