Today is Derek Jeter’s 35th birthday.

He was born in 1974 in Pequannock, N.J but grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  He was drafted by the Yankees in the 1992 draft and made his first appearance with the team in 1995, playing 13 total games.  Jeter became the Yankees starting shortstop on opening day 1996, hitting .314 with 78 RBI to earn AL Rookie of the Year Honors.

Jeter is currently the Yankees team leader in career at-bats and doubles, as well as scoring more then 1,500 runs in his career – joining a club that includes Mickey Mantle, Lou Gherig and Babe Ruth.  He is also the 11th captain in team history – holding the position since the 2003 season.

At the end of his career, he will most likely lead most offensive categories for Yankees players all-time.