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The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  1,155 Ratings  ·  121 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. In
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 16th 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published April 25th 2011)
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May 20, 2011 Samantha rated it really liked it
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
Stephen Costello
Sep 29, 2013 Stephen Costello rated it really liked it
Great Job, Ian.
The book is well written, detailed, and researched.
Knowing Derek throughout his career, I had no idea the million things
that had to happen for him to get drafted by the Yankees.
Hal Newhouser, an advanced scout for the Astro's watched Jeter day after Day and pleaded
with them to draft him.
They did not.
The book is a long read but worth it and contains a ton of things
about Derek I doubt anyone knows
Sep 18, 2011 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 23, 2017 Timothy rated it really liked it
The book "The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter" is a phenomenial true story of a kid that made a dream come true. Derek grew up in New Jersey and Michigan. He was a New York Yankee fan as a young kid. He used to go to some of the games with his grandmother. He then proceeded to play high school baseball at Kalamazoo Central High School. He made the Varsity level team as a freshmen. Jeter began to really flourish during his senior year of high school. He won several honors like Gatorade High s ...more
Ryan Williams
Jan 19, 2017 Ryan Williams rated it really liked it
Very good book if you are interested in baseaball or if you are looking for a role model. This book goes over the whole career of Derek Jeter, which is very interesting. I knew a lot about derek jeter but this book taught me even more. The only problem with the book is that it tends to drag little things out and make it boring. I beleive anyone interested in sports would appreciate this book and Derek Jeter's career, being very humble and a future Hall of Famer. I would recommended this book. ht ...more
Anna Sprague

I have not ever been interested in reading baseball books ever in my life although I do enjoy watching the game, but after reading The Captian I look forward to reading more. This book is about the greatest shortstop to ever play the game, it had me on the edge of my seat the entire book. Ian O’Connor’s story about Derek Jeter was suspenseful and action filled as it went through his life. The book, The Captain, names him a “baseball saint”, if there were such a thing.

This nonfiction biography ab

Aden Sachs
May 11, 2014 Aden Sachs rated it it was amazing
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
Zachary Witonsky
Nov 01, 2012 Zachary Witonsky rated it really liked it
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
May 07, 2011 Maggie rated it liked it
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
Apr 09, 2011 Donald rated it really liked it
Shelves: baseball
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
Peter Roy
Nov 03, 2011 Peter Roy rated it really liked it
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
The Captain. The Shove Pass. Mister November. These are some of the many things that Derek Sanderson Jeter is known for in Major League Baseball. Derek started in humble beginnings born as a biracial child in Michigan. Early in his life, he knew that he loved baseball playing the sport continuously despite the weather and the cold crisp air. His natural talent was unremarkable and many scouts came to see him often. In his senior year, he was being recruited to attend the university of Michigan b ...more
Hayden Perez
Feb 10, 2017 Hayden Perez rated it it was amazing
PLOT: The Yankees shortstop is a dignified shortstop and a respectful clutch hitter! He is a leader by example on his team and did not even take steroids during the steroid era. Jeter is an amazing player maybe a hall of famer one day when he retires. He is so clutch when it comes to hitting and has so many hits, world series rings etc.
COMPARE/CONTRAST: Derek Jeter is a leader unlike some baseball players and leads by example. Jeter is respectful and super clutch in tough situations and some are
Jan 05, 2017 Carter added it
I really enjoyed the book The Captain by Ian O'Connor. Derek Jeter has always been one of my favorite player of all time and by reading this book I have learned so much more about him. The book talks about his childhood, high school years and most importantly his minor league and major league careers.

This book was very interesting because it told the story of Derek's life in the majors and his life leading up to the major leagues. I also like the book because it talked about Jeter's dealings wit
Matthew Homco
Dec 14, 2014 Matthew Homco rated it it was amazing
When I first picked up The Captain: the Journey of Derek Jeter, I knew this would be one of the best books I’ve ever read. Sure enough, it was. I have grown up watching and admiring Derek Jeter, and how he plays the game of baseball. I knew that reading this book would make me respect him and understand his impact on the game of baseball even more. The book describes Derek’s life from when he was a young kid all the way up until his life now. It talks about all his achievements and even the hard ...more
Rob Warner
Aug 01, 2011 Rob Warner rated it really liked it
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
Caidin Stash
Dec 06, 2013 Caidin Stash rated it it was amazing
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
Tyrone Ortiz
Oct 19, 2016 Tyrone Ortiz rated it it was amazing
Derek jeter is an all star for the new York Yankees and this book is going to tell about when he started and when he became the caption of the Yankees.

How Derek jeter changing is he went from begin the one guy with no friends to be a professional athlete that has all the fame and is friends with every body and he has friends on his baseball team.

(The theme ) What the theme of the book is to if you have a dream go get it because Derek wanted to be a professional athlete and he sighed a contract t
Apr 11, 2016 Graham rated it it was amazing
This book is a great look into the ups and downs and struggles and triumphs of one of the greatest athletes to ever grace a baseball field. Ian O'Connor uses quotes and testimonials from every point of view that surrounded Jeter, form little league teammate to professional manager.

Derek grew up in a modest household in Kalamazoo Michigan. Only one twist to this picture perfect childhood. His dad was black and his mom was white. Derek often got picked on and ridiculed for being from a mixed raced
William Cunion
Aug 05, 2012 William Cunion rated it really liked it
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
Corey Hammons
Oct 09, 2012 Corey Hammons rated it really liked it
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
Feb 18, 2014 Diener rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sports, biography
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
Chance Jimenez
Jun 06, 2013 Chance Jimenez rated it it was amazing
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
Susan Miller
Sep 25, 2015 Susan Miller rated it really liked it
The honoring of Derek Jeter upon his retirement in 2014 by every major league team set him apart as someone special in the sport of baseball. This book tells you why. Even if you aren't a big Yankees fan, which I am not, you can't help but admire and respect Derek Jeter, which I do. More now that I've read this book.

If you consider yourself a fan of the game of baseball, I highly recommend this book to you. Admittedly, it's dense with a lot of retelling of a bunch of baseball games and that slo
Priscilla Andrade
May 03, 2016 Priscilla Andrade rated it really liked it
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Rohan G.
Sep 07, 2016 Rohan G. rated it it was amazing
I chose this book to read because Derek Jeter is one of my favorite players in the MLB. I read the back of the book and it seemed very interesting because it talked about how the book goes through his whole career, even through High School. I liked is book because it not only showed Derek Jeter's good accomplishments and points in his career, it showed his struggles. It was interesting to see how such an iconic man went through so much adversity because his mom was white and his dad was black. T ...more
Jul 19, 2014 Tony rated it really liked it
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
Apr 13, 2011 Ayelet rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports
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
This book talked about how Derek Jeter was amazing at baseball and how he got to be the best. He played on the New York Yankess. This book gets really deep into his baseball life and career, from his early struggles in the minor leagues, when he was homesickness and errors in the fields that almost cost him his job. Derek was one of the best to play baseball of all time, his nickname was "The Captain". There was things that I didn't even know about him and that was his his struggles as a young m ...more
Oct 04, 2014 Michael rated it it was ok
Well, I seem to be at odds with some of the other reviews of this book that I am now reviewing.

I found the book interesting in places....too few places. I found the reading to be too much devoted to ancillary characters. I bought this book to read about Derek Jeter, not some kid in the cheap seats who happened to stick his glove where it didn't belong. Maybe the kid is happy now that he got his 15 minutes of fame, but....I don't care. Perhaps the author was told by some self anointed writing exp
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