The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter

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HarperCollins, Apr 25, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 448 pages
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“Derek Jeter is undoubtedly the most talked about, argued about, cheered, booed and ultimately respected baseball player of his generation. And as public a figure as he has been, he is in many ways the least known. That changes now as Ian O’Connor, one of the best sports writers anywhere, goes deep and does what no one has quite been able to do: Tell us a bit about who Derek Jeter really is.”—Joe Posnanski, author of The Machine
"Deftly told.”—The Washington Post

In The Captain, Ian O’Connor draws on unique access to Derek Jeter and more than 200 new interviews to reveal how a biracial kid from Michigan became New York’s most beloved sports figure and the face of the steroid-free athlete.
O’Connor takes us behind the scenes of a legendary baseball life, from Jeter’s early struggles in the minor leagues, when homesickness and errors threatened a stillborn career, to the heady days of Yankee superiority and nightlife, to the battles with former best friend A-Rod.
All along the way, Jeter has made his Hall-of-Fame destiny look easy. But behind that leadership and hero’s grace there are hidden struggles and complexities that have never been explored, until now.
 

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User Review  - lindapanzo - LibraryThing

As Derek Jeter, the captain of the New York Yankees, closes in on the 3,000 lifetime career hits mark, this is a timely book. Going back to 1995, Jeter's first year with the Yankees, he has always ... Read full review

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User Review  - cameling - LibraryThing

There are athletes, and then there are iconic athletes. But there is nothing that captivates us as much as an iconic athlete who also embodies leadership on and off his sports arena. Derek Jeter is ... Read full review

Contents

1 The Kalamazoo Kid
1
2 The Draft
21
3 E6
47
4 Rookie of the Year
73
5 Champion
97
6 Perfection
124
7 Dynasty
147
8 The Flip
178
12 Moment of Truth
299
13 Rebirth
331
Epilogue
364
Acknowledgments
379
A Note on the Authors Interviews and Sources
382
Bibliography
388
Index
390
Back Flap
403

Photo Insert
208
9 New Guys
209
10 Alex
244
11 The Great Divide
273
Back Cover
404
Spine
405
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About the author (2011)

IAN O’CONNOR is a senior writer at ESPN.com, a nationally-acclaimed columnist, and the author of four books, including the New York Times bestsellers Arnie & Jackand The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter. He has finished in first place in over a dozen national writing contests.,

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