The Derek Jeter celebrity doll depicts him at 21 years old as a rookie professional baseball player for the New York Yankees. The action figure was made in 1998 by Hasbro (Kenner) as part of its Starting Lineup ’98 Edition of 12 inch dolls.
Jeter spent his 20-year professional baseball career with the Yankees and retired in 2014. In 2017 he became part owner and CEO of the Miami Marlins baseball team. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2020, the first year he qualified.
In ’96, Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees made a memorable contribution to the legacy of baseball’s winningest franchise. This 23-year-old shortstop helped lead the Yankees to a come-from-behind World Series championship over the favored Atlanta Braves. He was a unanimous choice for the AL Rookie of the Year, hitting .314 with 10 homers and 78 RBIs. Jeter played the most games of any AL rookie and had the most RBIs by a rookie shortstop since 1980.
Among the many highlights, Jeter enjoyed in ’96 were an inside-the-park homer oat Kansas City, and a 17-game hitting streak, the longest by a Yankee’s rookie since Joe Dimaggio’s hit 18 in a row in 1936. Jeter’s dream season included 49 multi-hit games (two 4-hit games, fifteen 3-hit games) and a lofty .345 average from the lead-off spot, where he went 55-159 in 38 games.
After a fabulous ’94 campaign, in which he was named Minor League Player of the Year by The Sporting News, Jeter first showed he belonged in the big leagues when he played in a handful of games with the Yankees in ’95. His breakthrough season the following year left no doubt about the fabulous future in store for Derek Jeter.
The 12 inch Starting Lineup figure comes wearing a #2 navy and white pin striped Yankee uniform and blue plastic baseball hat with a white Yankee logo. The uniform shirt and pants are completely removable with snap closures. The jersey has decorative small white button along with the navy NYY and #2 blue decals. The pants have a blue belt with a gold buckle.
On the feet are black rubbery plastic baseball cleats and white baseball socks with a navy blue stripe up the side. Accessories include a small hard plastic faux wood baseball bat, a soft plastic, blue baseball hat with the white NYY logo on the front and a red white and blue MLB logo on the back, a small hard plastic 1:6 baseball and a soft rubbery baseball mitt.
The black hair is painted and molded on the head. It hair is styled with a trendy 90s close shaved band on the hair line from the side burn to side burn along the back. The eyes are painted a light hazel green.
Standard 12 inch Starting Line up articulation on the Jeter figure includes neck, shoulders, elbows, wrist, waist, hips, knees, and ankles.
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