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This Day in Yankees History: Derek Jeter named Rookie of the Year

On this day in 1996, Derek Jeter was unanimously named the AL Rookie of the Year.

Views of N.Y. Yankees Derek Jeter, as he was named Rookie of Photo by John Roca/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images

Welcome to the relaunched This Day in Yankees History. As the offseason has begun much sooner than anyone has ever hoped for, the Pinstripe Alley team has decided to continue the revived program in its new format. These daily posts will highlight two or three key moments in Yankees history on a given date, as well as recognize players born on the day. Hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane with us!

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This Day in Yankees History (November 5)

24 years ago

Derek Jeter, who slashed .314/.370/.430, is the unanimous choice as the 1996 American League Rookie of the Year. The 22-year-old shortstop is the eighth Yankee to win the award and the first since Dave Righetti in 1981.

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Happy birthday to Johnny Damon!

Damon played four seasons with the Yankees from 2006-2009, hitting .285/.363/.458 in pinstripes. In 2006, Damon finished third in runs (115) and ninth in stolen bases (25) in the American League, while smashing a career high 24 home runs. He was only one of four players in the major leagues to hit at least 24 home runs and steal at least 24 bases. He also won the World Series with New York in 2009.

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