Sports history in Black: Hitting consecutive home runs

By Mike Patton

NABJ Black News & Views

Derek Jeter’s name  is synonymous with the New York Yankees. He has been there through all the success they have had from the 1990s to more recent times until he retired in 2014. He is remembered for diving into the stands and catching a foul ball. Others remember his uncanny ability to make great defensive plays at the right time. 

New York Yankees Derek Jeter pictured on September 1, 2006. Photo credit: Derek Jeter, Googie Man
New York Yankees, Derek Jeter, right, pictured on September 1, 2006. Photo credit: Derek Jeter, Googie Man

Jeter was also a good contact hitter and not necessarily a power hitter. But on Sept. 30, 1997, he was a part of something special with the Yankees. Jeter, along with Tim Raines and Paul O’Neill, all hit home runs consecutively, becoming the first trio of players to consecutively hit home runs in the postseason.

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