SEATTLE, WASH. — On this date in 1995, Derek Jeter collected his first career MLB hit. A night after making his debut at shortstop for the New York Yankees, Jeter finally got in the hit column.
Facing the Seattle Mariners at the Kingdome, Jeter grounded a single to left off Tim Belcher to lead off the fifth inning.
A fun fact only I care about, both Jeter and Belcher played their Double-A ball in Albany 10-years apart but I digress.
The coolest moment, not only does Luis Sojo flip the ball in but Jeter is chatting it up with Tino Martinez at first base, all future teammates.
During the seventh inning, Jeter collected his second hit, a single to center, chasing Belcher from the game. Jeter would also score his first run that inning, on a Paul O’Neill single to left. An inning later, Jeter would record his first walk, off another future teammate, Jeff Nelson.
This game also featured Don Mattingly sporting a goatee and wearing shades inside. Plus, Melido Perez pitched a gem, retiring 16-straight until running out of gas in the eighth. The Yankee bullpen would cough up a 3-2 lead, as the Mariners scored five unanswered in the eighth (foreshadowing for the postseason) to hand the Yankees a 7-3 loss.
Anyhow, this was the first of 1,014 multihit games for Jeter. Only three hitters had more such games in the live-ball era, Pete Rose, Stan Musial, and Hank Aaron. Jeter finished his career with 3,465 hits, sixth all-time in MLB history. Plus, he’d collected 200 more hits in the postseason. Not too shabby.