First assist: May 29, 1995
Jeter's first assist came with one out in the sixth inning of his first game. Pitcher Jack McDowell fielded a comebacker, tossed it to Jeter, who toe-tapped second base and fired to first baseman Don Mattingly just in time for the double play. It was
First assist: May 29, 1995
Jeter's first assist came with one out in the sixth inning of his first game. Pitcher Jack McDowell fielded a comebacker, tossed it to Jeter, who toe-tapped second base and fired to first baseman Don Mattingly just in time for the double play. It was the first of seven double plays the shortstop turned in the 120 innings he played in 1995.
First hit: May 30, 1995
After going 0-for-5 in his MLB debut the day before, Jeter led off the fifth inning and picked up his first hit on a hard grounder past diving Seattle third baseman Mike Blowers in his second at-bat of the game. He added another single in the top of the seventh and finished the season 12-for-48.
First RBI: May 31, 1995
Jeter's first RBI came a day later against Hall of Fame lefty Randy Johnson, when he singled through the right side to bring home Danny Tartabull. He drove in six more runs that season and finished his career with 1,311 RBIs.
First old Yankee Stadium hit: June 3, 1995
Jeter notched his first hit in the old Yankee Stadium when he doubled into the left-field corner against the Angels to bring home Randy Velarde. It was also the first extra-base hit of his career.
First home run: April 2, 1996
Jeter turned on an inside fastball from Indians right-hander Dennis Martinez and ripped it into the left-field seats for his first career home run on Opening Day in 1996. He hit nine more homers that year and won the American League Rookie of the Year Award.
"It should've been a sign for all of us of what was to come," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who was the team's starting catcher that year. "I think when you see a rookie, I don't think you say, 'This guy's going to get almost 3,500 hits and be the player that he is,' but it was who he was. He loved what he did, and he was really, really good at it."
First leadoff home run: Aug. 21, 1996
With the Yankees trailing the Angels, 2-0, Jeter sent the first pitch of the bottom of the first inning just over the left-field wall for his first leadoff home run. He hit 29 leadoff homers in his career.
First walk-off hit: Sept. 21, 1996
The Yankees and Red Sox were tied, 11-11, in the bottom of the 10th inning when Jeter stepped in with the bases loaded. The shortstop, who later earned the nickname Captain Clutch, slapped a single up the middle to bring home Wade Boggs. He finished his career with eight walk-off hits, two of which were homers.
First 200-hit season: Completed Sept. 25, 1998
The 1998 season was an all-time great year for the Yankees. They won 114 games before beating the Padres in the World Series. But it was also the first time Jeter recorded more than 200 hits in a season, a feat he achieved eight times in his 20-year career. He waited on a hanging curveball and shot it down the left-field line for a double to notch hit No. 200.
First postseason hit: Oct. 1, 1996
Jeter went 1-for-4 in his first postseason game, but that hit didn't come until there was one out in the ninth with the Yankees losing, 6-2, to the Rangers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series. He chopped a single back up the box in his final trip to the plate. Still, the hit was a sign of things to come for the future Yankees captain.
First World Series hit: Oct. 21, 1996
Facing Hall of Fame righty Greg Maddux in Game 2 of the 1996 World Series, Jeter led off the bottom of the sixth inning and bounced a single to right field for his first hit in the Fall Classic. The Bombers lost the game, 4-0, to fall behind in the Series, 2-0, but they won the final four games to take the title, their first since 1978 and 23rd in franchise history.
Matthew Martell is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.