A Look Back at Jeter’s Historic Debut

With Derek Jeter beginning the end of his last season, perhaps now is the best time to take a look back. On May 29, 1995, Jeter made his MLB debut to kick off a long, successful major league career. Here we are nearly two decades later, and the world of baseball – and everything else – has changed immensely.

Robin Ventura

Robin Ventura in 1995 – courtesy of ESPN

To put that gap into perspective, I wasn’t even two years old yet. Tupac Shakur was still alive, and almost a month later Disney would release its hit film, Pocahontas. Wayne Gretzky still had a good portion of his NHL career left. The Bills were only one season removed from their last Super Bowl appearance. As far as baseball goes, Frank Thomas and Robin Ventura (who is currently Chicago’s manager) were leading the Chicago White Sox in RBIs and batting – both have been retired now for at least six years. But while so much has changed, some things haven’t; the White Sox finished that season third in the AL Central. So here’s to consistency!

Gavin Lindahl

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