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ESPN to air six-part documentary on “The Captain”

BRONX, N.Y. — Nearly a year after its popular documentary “The Last Dance” on Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls aired its final episode, ESPN announced a six-part documentary on Derek Jeter. The series is expected to air beginning in 2022.

According to a release from ESPN Films, the documentary series will center around the iconic New York Yankees Hall of Fame shortstop and how his arrival helped transform a struggling franchise into a storied dynasty.

The release goes on to say how the documentary will pull back the curtain and reveal what it was like for Jeter to be “The Captain.”

The release also notes, “Emmy-winning director Randy Wilkins will tell the story of Jeter’s professional and personal triumphs and challenges. The documentary series will use Jeter’s journey as a vessel to tell a larger cultural story that explores race, family, community, rivalries, and more. The heartbeat of the project is candid access to the man who helped restore shine to a team, a city, and a culture. The series is being executive produced by Spike Lee, Mike Tollin, Mandalay Sports Media, Excel Sports Management’s media arm Excel Media, and Connor Schell, in association with The Players’ Tribune and Major League Baseball.”