Editor’s Note: This was originally published in 2017, when Derek Jeter’s jersey number was retired by the New York Yankees.
Years after his death, legendary PA announcer Bob Sheppard’s voice — The Voice of God, as it is known in the Bronx — still could be heard at Yankee Stadium, a taped introduction that played a handful of times each home game:
“Now batting for the Yankees … No. 2 … Derek … Jeter … No. 2.”
For two decades, those words preceded a host of iconic moments at the plate. Jeter won five World Series rings. He smacked 3,465 career hits. His No. 2 was retired by the New York Yankees. And on Wednesday, he will be inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame.
While those titles and statistics are impressive, it’s those iconic moments — not only at bat, but in the field and even in front of a microphone — that tell the full story of The Captain.
Here are 10 of those moments, along with the other voices — the radio and television play-by-play calls — that added an exclamation point to so many of Sheppard’s opening statements.
The Jeffrey Maier home run
Yankees vs. Orioles • AL Championship Series Game 1 • Oct. 9, 1996
The Subway Series leadoff
Yankees at Mets • World Series Game 4 • Oct. 25, 2000
Yankees at Athletics • AL Division Series Game 3 • Oct. 13, 2001
The Mr. November home run
Yankees vs. Diamondbacks • World Series Game 4 • Nov. 1, 2001
Yankees vs. Red Sox • July 1, 2004
The stadium farewell
Yankees vs. Orioles • Final game at old Yankee Stadium • Sept. 21, 2008
The Yankees’ hit king
Yankees vs. Orioles • Sept. 11, 2009
The fifth ring
Yankees vs. Phillies • World Series Game 6 • Nov. 4, 2009
The 3,000th hit
Yankees vs. Rays • July 9, 2011
The grand finale
Yankees vs. Orioles • Sept. 25, 2014
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