As far back as he can remember Derek had always wanted to be a Yankee player. The lanky and athletic Jeter had always been a great talent and won several local awards before his final MLB (Major League Baseball) debut in 1995. He is known for his patented “inside-out” swing and acrobatic jump-throws. Derek Sanderson is unarguably one of the most heavily marketed athletes of his generation and since his retirement has been pursuing several business interests.
Date of Birth: June 27, 1974
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Throughout his career, despite being one of the biggest names in the entire world of sports, Jeter remained free of any major scandals. Nothing was ever able to tarnish the image of the Yanks’ beloved No 2 as he lived a life above reproach. He lived a fun life all through but his number one priority remained on the field. Towards the end of his career, he started having a major mind shift and eventually decided he wanted to have a family. Today, the famous Captain Clutch is a married dad, son and brother. Read on as we take you inside the lovely world of the big athlete.
Sanderson Charles Jeter (father)
He was a counsellor for people with substance abuse problems and also played shortstop for Fisk University in Tennessee. In 1972, he met Dorothy when they were both stationed in the Frankfurt army. They were married a year later and the year after, the sports legend was born. When Derek was 4, the family moved to Michigan so Sanderson could complete his maters’ degree and subsequently get a doctorate in sociology.
In 1996, Charles and his only son founded a foundation that encourages people to pursue a healthy living whilst staying away from drugs and alcohol. Jeter was not yet hugely famous but had at this time started establishing himself in the baseball highlights. According to the baseball legend, his father is a very vital part of his life and career as he has been his biggest fan since the very first day he told him of his dream.
Dorothy Jeter (mother)
Dorothy was an accountant and Derek stated that his mother made him sign behavioural contracts for his study habits, grades, curfew times and him staying drug and alcohol free. These were the conditions he had to meet before his goal as a baseball prodigy was allowed to see the light of day. She clearly shares a special bond with her only son as he looks over and gives her a nod before his first at-bat.
Sharlee Jeter (younger sister from same parents)
Year of Birth: 1979
She is the youngest sister and only sibling to the legendary star, he also considers her his best friend. They grew up together and both excelled on the ball field but for the female Jeter, it was softball. The renowned athlete was asked once what his first memory is as a child and his answer was when his sister was born.
Since the beginning of the Turn 2 Foundation, Sharlee had been a dedicated member; she was always there during her college breaks and eventually joined the organization full time upon her graduation. Today she is the committed President of the foundation and is doing an extremely successful job.
In November 2000, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease but kept it to herself until she was cured before letting the media know about it. Sharlee became a mother in 2012 to a son Jalen to an undisclosed father. Derek however serves as a father figure to the little prince and was inspired to have a family of his own when he realized how much Jalen means to him.
Hannah Jeter (nee Davis) (spouse)
Duration of Marriage: July 9, 2016 till present
Date of Birth: May 5, 1990
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
True that Derek has dated some of the most beautiful women in the world but Hannah Davis obviously had what he was looking for. Hannah has a ‘body to kill’ for and was a star of her high school volleyball team. Since she was young, she ventured into modelling and is known for her many commercials, feature in top magazine covers including the famous 2015 edition of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
The former Yankees player confirmed in early November 2015 three years after they started dating that he was engaged to the sexy model and by summer of 2016 they had tied the knot. One look at the lovers and you’ll be forced to admit they are “couple goals!”.
Bella Raine Jeter (daughter with Hannah Jeter)
Date of Birth: August 17, 2017
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Davis and Jeter welcomed their first child just a few weeks ago and are still in clouds nine over her arrival. The pretty model explained how they want their kids to live normal lives and for Dexter to be a father to them and not the famous superstar, she also noted that if they are interested in playing baseball, there would first be a little mother-child talk. Jeter admitted that his desire to start a family was part of the reasons why he retired from professional baseball following the 2014 season. Bella is such a lucky child!