Jeter was born in Pequannock, New Jersey in 1974. His father, Dr. Sanderson Charles Jeter, a substance abuse counselor, is African American, his mother, Dorothy, is Caucasian and of Irish / German descent. Charles and Dorothy met while serving in theUnited States Army in Germany. His father played shortstop at Fisk University in Tennessee. Derek has a sister, Sharleen, who is five years younger, and was a softball star in high school. As a senior player, he Flight 0508 0.23 run and run Fly in 21 trips with four home runs and 12 stolen bases and only 1 out of the question, made him so famous. Derek received awards as "Kalamazoo Area Bnai Brith Award for Scholar Athlete,"High School Player of the Year" by the American Baseball Coaches Association, "Gatorade High School Player of the Year Award, and USA Today's High School Player of the Year Award. Later, he received many more awards.