The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter
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The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  593 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Every spring, Little Leaguers across the country mimic his stance and squabble over
the right to wear his number, 2, the next number to be retired by the world’s most famous ball team.
Derek Jeter is their hero. He walks in the footsteps of Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, and Mantle, and
someday his shadow will loom just as large. Yet he has never been the best player in baseball....more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 16th 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published April 25th 2011)
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I really enjoyed this book. Derek Jeter is one of my favorite players yet I knew next to nothing about him. He is extremely private. This book talks about his childhood, his high school years and his decision not to go to Michigan along with his minor league career and him becoming a Yankee. It takes you through his dealings with A-Rod and his appreciation of Joe Torre as his manager. The only thing I didn't enjoy about the book was towards the last third of the book it starts to drag as the aut...more
Aden Sachs
The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter by Ian O’Connor
5 of 5 stars by Aden Sachs
Read June 7, to May 10, 2014

I have read a lot of baseball books this year and in my lifetime, this by far has tipped the scale. This book about the greatest shortstop to ever play the game, had me on the edge of my seat, making me feel like I was watching game 7 of the World Series. Ian O’Connor’s story about Derek Jeter was suspenseful and action filled as it went through his life. The book named him a “baseball sa...more
I despise the Yankees, but have always thought fondly of Derek Jeter. And with Jeter having recently announced that the 2014 season would be his last, I decided that my annual pre-baseball season read would be this book. I did not regret my decision, devouring the book's 370-plus pages in a week's worth of evenings. Given the reverence that exists for the Yankee captain, I was initially concerned that this book would descend into hagiography. Not so. Well written and meticulously researched, Ian...more
Sam Hammers
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and all of its action and suspense.I really enjoy reading fictional books that incorporate sports and help me expand my knowledge of great athletes.One of my favorite parts in this novel is how well the author uses powerful, yet passionate details to describe Derek Jeter's life. I also enjoyed the pattern of using dates of each event, making it very helpful to know what he is talking about and why it happened. But On the other hand, I really disliked some of the wo...more
This biography was a fantastic read. I already held Derek Jeter in pretty high esteem, but this book increased my opinion of Jeter exponentially. An amazing baseball player, and an even better human being.
Jason Recio
Every sports writer in America who writes about Derek Jeter ends up singing hosannas about him and Ian O'Connor is no exception, but that's not a knock because Jeter is one of the great athletes and human beings of all time. Objectively speaking, there isn't a lot of information in here that sports fans didn't already know about Jeter, like that he's a great clutch player, came from a good family and hated A-Rod's guts. But regardless the lack of new ground doesn't detract from the fact that Jet...more
During the Captain's last year, I decided to take on the first book length biography of his life. Ian O'Connor did an excellent job of finding as many interview sources as possible, from teachers, to high school teammates, to major league scouts, to Yankees teammates. He also wrote a highly entertaining book that captures Jeter's class but also Jeter's sensitivity to criticism and reluctance to forgive perceived slights. The only thing I don't like is that O'Connor wrote the book so soon, missin...more
Collin Wiens
I thought this was a great book and it gave a great representation of what it was like to be Derek Jeter. The book goes through and describes in great detail all the sacrifices and all the struggle it took to become as great as a baseball player as he did. Derek is a very inspirational person to me and was one of my favorite athletes growing up. He deserves all the hype and praise that people get him. I would recommend this book for sure. There is a lot of things you probably don't know about th...more
Rob Warner
Derek Jeter is the greatest Yankee of my lifetime. Some may dispute that, but they're wrong. Jeter has risen to greatness, year after year, and has reshaped his game to remain productive far longer than most do. He's a champion, many times over, and I hate him. I hate the Yankees. I wish they would lose 162 games a year, and I'd never tire of that.

The beginning of this book paints Jeter as a demigod, and gushes far beyond what's appropriate for a man who isn't family or lover to gush about someo...more
Peter Roy
In The Captain, by Ian O’Connor, the author tells the tale of Derek Jeter growing up and dealing with super-stardom. Growing up as a kid, Derek received racial comments for having an African-American father and a white mother. Derek had a motivation like no one else. He would be so determined and would remain so until he achieved his goal. "If you're going to play at all, you're out to win. Baseball, board games, playing Jeopardy, I hate to lose." When he was with his friends as a teenager, he...more
O Derek! My Derek!

A book for Jeter and/or Yankees lovers, both of which I am, avowedly. It covers the time period in the '90s when the Yankees stormed and reclaimed the throne, and Derek Jeter started his ascension, as the two coincided naturally (but really, as the book hypothesizes, it was all DJ), up through the 2010 season. But I was also hoping to find an answer to "what is his kryptonite?" through this book because HOW can he be so perfect? And really didn't get an answer. Beyond "luck." H...more
Zachary Witonsky
Book Information
Title of Book: THE CAPTAIN: The Journey of Derek Jeter
Author: Ian O’Connor
Publishing Information: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Price: $26.00 US


Journey of Derek Jeter

Ian O’Connor, the author of this fantastic book, The Captain, is quite an accomplished writer. He currently works for as a sports columnist, and has quite the resume. Some past jobs he used to work for are, The New York Daily News, USA Today, The Journal News, and the Bergen...more
Corey Hammons
Who is Derek Jeter? Any New York Yankee fan should know this. Derek jeter plays Short stop for the New York Yankees. This book was great! Derek Jeter is one of my all time favorite athletes. Reading about his crowning achievements were interesting to learn about. Seeing how good of a player Jeter is you wouldn't expect any bad disapointments, but you're wrong there! I found it hilarious to learn that Jeter even had his bad times as a professional athlete.

This book was very fun to read about. I...more
Caidin Stash
The book i read was The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter, This was written about Derek's life style and all the work he put into his career. The author's purpose of writing this book was to show kids how dedicated and how much of a hard worker Jeter was. The author also showed Derek's love and passion for the game. No one loved the game more than Derek Jeter.
The theme of this book is you don't have to be the best to be one of the greatest players ever. Derek Jeter wasn't always the best playe...more
William Cunion
High-quaity biography of the iconic Yankee shortstop, who seems to live quite a charmed life...and based on this account, probably does. The first part of the book is a slow read, mainly because there is little to no conflict in Jeter's life. Even the thorny issue of bing biracial is a virtual non-factor, as Jeter grows up well adjusted, focused, and determined to be a Yankee who dates Mariah Carey. Things pick up a bit when the Yanks start to struggle, as Jeter begins to age, and especially whe...more
This advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided to me by the publisher through the Amazon Vine program, of which I am a member.


I'm a Yankee fan, and Derek Jeter is my favorite player. So maybe I was predisposed to like this book. On the other hand, if author Ian O'Connor didn't get his facts straight, I'd know, and call him on it. But O'Connor did an excellent job of research, and adding in quotes and stats and examples without ever getting wordy or boring or redundant. He gives us a peek behind t...more
Chance Jimenez
This book is about Derek Jeter the most famous shortstop in the Major Leagues. He started off being the best in high school, and then drafted right out of high school by the New York Yankees. Everybody knows Derek for his skills and he is now an all star every year. Derek Jeter is one of my role models because im also a baseball player, this book shows how hard he worked to get to this stage he his in now and that's an all star Major league baseball player. He is the defenition of a class act, g...more
I enjoyed this book that chronicles the career of Derek Jeter. I thought the author, O'Connor, does a good job portraying "The Captain" as a real person who is as private a public figure as has lived in recent years. There is not a lot of detail on Jeter's personal life, but there is enough to understand his roots, his family, and to give you an idea of what drives him. I enjoyed reading about many moments in Yankee history that I have lived first hand through. If you are a Yankee's fan, it is l...more
Jose Bravo
Feb 27, 2014 Jose Bravo rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: every sports fan
Recommended to Jose by: nobody
This book was an amazing book. i already considered Derek jeter the best ever. This book made my opinion stronger this book talked about his life and career he has had an amazing career. When he was a child he had a kind of ruff time people didnt belive in him they made fun of him. He didnt care didnt mind everyone making fun of him he kept on going and try to achieve his dream. He has done everything in his successful career. Has won championships awards did records everything. This is a great...more
A must read for Yankee fans. It is great to relive all of the highlights from Jeter's career thus far, and to get insight into his earlier years, and how he became a Yankee.
Ian O'Connor does a great job of balancing Jeter's greatness and his humanity, without lowering his standing in fans' eyes and hearts.
Being a Jeter fan since day one, I thought I knew every story about him, but through new interviews, and not just rehashing articles from newspapers since 1996, you get a fuller picture of Jete...more
Laurence A.
This unauthorized biography gives us an inside look into the greatest and most important ballplayer of the last 20 years. It is an objective look at the athlete who has become synonymous with excellence and class, detailing his incredible success as well as the low points of his career. It is a must-read for any Yankees fan and will be appreciated by all baseball fans.
Although I may be a little bias towards towards this book because of my devotion to the yankees, I will do my best to write a subjective review.

The book was amazing. Even if you are not a Yankee fan, you have to respect the hard work and all the talent that their captain, and starting shortstop has. He is not only the face of the franchise, but the face of the sport. In the steroid age of baseball, he has come out clean. He was able to maintain the status as an all-star without cheating the sys...more
May 07, 2011 Alison rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Yankee Fans
If you bleed Yankee blue-and you are a fan of the most recent Yankee Dynasty-this is the book for you. I'm loving this book-but I'm not certain anyone who isn't a Yankee fan would find it as fascinating.
There are some great pieces that I've hit so far-stories of Jeter's family background in Jersey City(my in law's are from Jersey City too,and I know that there were connections between his family and my husband's going back a generation, it was a small town in the 30's, 40's and 50's!),and a funn...more
This is a likable book about a likable subject.

I enjoyed learning something of Derek Jeter's history before baseball as well as his experience with the amateur draft and the minor leagues before he burst onto the scene in 1996. O'Connor writes pretty well and has clearly done a ton of research.

I did feel the book could have used a good editor -- here and there -- as certain elements were repeated. I can also quibble with the author's tendency to end many of his chapters on as much of a "cliffh...more
A penetrating look at what makes Derek Jeter the special ballplayer that he is. It is not statistics alone, but his natural leadership qualities. He always dreamed of playing ShortStop for the New York Yankees and his dream came through. He was never interested in individual statistics.....he just wanted to win. As the product of an inter-racial marriage, he easily bridged the gap between the two worlds. He also shone on the biggest stage in professional sports. To be a star in New York is diffe...more
Elly Sands
The Yankees are the team people love to hate. They are by far the richest team in baseball and can afford the highest prices for the best players. The players are thought of as arrogant and cocky. That was my uneducated, following the herd opinion of Derek Jeter until I listened to commentators and his teammates talk about him. This book takes you back to "Jeet" when he was a boy of six years old proclaiming he was going to be a Yankee short stop when he grew up. It shows the evolution through h...more
Dale Stonehouse
Not a biography of Jeter's life but of his baseball life, the subject matter is good enough to earn four stars. A superstar without any outstanding physical gifts, he still is regarded one of the best baseball players ever to play the game. What stands out is the ease with which he handles the media, teammates, management, and keeping his romantic life private and out of the tabloids. It helps to be a Yankee fan and/or a baseball fan, but this book is not just for them. What I personally admire...more
Daniel Nelson
I read this new biography on Derek Jeter in hopes of finding new content that I hadn't read before. I've read much about the Yankees covering the years 1996-2010, so there isn't much I haven't read on previous occasions. This book did have some new material that I had not seen in other publications or books. Regardless of the material I have heard or read before, I still enjoyed this book. If you haven't ever done a serious study or read of baseball and baseball biographies in particular I would...more
I really like this book because it's about one of my favorite baseball players. It's about this baseball player named Derek Jeter who plays for New York Yankees. I play baseball so that's probably why I like it. He's a a good guy he had to practice hard and practice everyday to get to where he is now. He has won a few world series since he got on the yankees. He recently got his 3,000 hit and it was homerun. This book made me give him more respect and made me love the sport more. If you like bas...more
As a big Yankee fan, I expected to like this book, but not learn anything new. But I did learn new things. Like the fact that Jeter, in his first season at A-level ball, called home almost every night sobbing because he thought he had made a mistake. And that Jeter was the object of discrimination and prejudice because he is biracial. Honestly, I thought he was too young and that we had long ago moved past that. Bottom line - great book for a fan; I don't know how Sox fans would feel about it. L...more
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