Derek Jeter was born on June 26, 1974.
Jeter made his MLB debut for the Yankees in 1995, and became the team's starting shortstop the following season. In 1996 Jeter won the AL Rookie of the Year award, and helped guide the Yankees to their first World Series title since 1978.
"The Captain" embodied every characteristic you looked for in a franchise player: Professionalism, a relentless work-ethic, consistency, and leadership.
He helped guide the Yankees to three straight championships from 1998-2000, winning the World Series MVP in 2000.
In Jeter's 20 seasons, he made 14 All-Star Games, won five World Series and had 3,465 hits (sixth most all-time).
Jeter will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer once he is eligible in 2020, and it will be interesting to see if he can be a unanimous selection.