When we think of the name Jeter, we think of the ultimate baseball player -- a winner and a leader on a dynasty team, and surely destined for the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
But did you know that another Jeter played baseball besides Derek? He was Johnny Jeter, an outfielder that played from 1969 to 1974 on the Pittsburg Pirates, San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians. Johnny Jeter put up some really good power-hitting and batting average numbers in the minors, but never quite cut the mustard as a major league baseball player. I always liked Jeter, however. He seemed to try really hard, had a good smile and his baseball cap fit him nearly perfectly. He had a cool name, too, like one of those top 40 radio announcers. Alliteration can be so cool, sometimes.
Jeter ended up with a career .244 average with only 18 home runs. I really thought he was going to be a better player, but, then again, I was only seven-years-old at the time.
By the way, Johnny had a son, Shawn, who also played Major League baseball in 1992 on the Chicago White Sox!
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