Last month, we flashed back to Derek Jeter’s 2009 milestone 2,721st hit, which tied Lou Gehrig’s record of most hits as a New York Yankee. Today, Sneaker Report highlights a 2001 moment from the surefire Hall of Fame shortstop.
During his 18 year career with the Yankees, Jeter has won five World Series Championships, and appeared in the playoffs on another 12 occasions. In other words, Derek Jeter is well seasoned in postseason baseball. On October 15, 2001, Jeter etched his name into history as he connected on his 87th playoff hit during the Yankees’ 5-2 win over the Oakland Athletics to advance to the ALCS. From there, the Yankees dropped the Seattle Mariners but were eventually defeated in the World Series by the Arizona Diamondbacks. To this day, Jeter holds the record for most postseason hits with 200 total. The closest threat to his record was the now-retired Bernie Williams with 128 hits.
Derek Jeter’s signature line with Jordan Brand was profiled in The Complete History of Baseball Signature Trainers, and in the 2001 playoffs he broke out the Jordan Jeter DJ 2. This was the second official Derek Jeter signature model, and marked the beginning of one of the longest running signature baseball lines of all time.