"I'm very proud of it," said editor-in-chief Al Santasiere. "It's the publication that I've been a part of that I'm most proud of, including the Yankee Stadium books. We put so much time into it and had so much time to perfect it, both in terms of the way that it was written and also the story ideas."
The glossy keepsake includes a retrospective on what Jeter has meant to Yankees fans, having grown up as one himself, and the text of an exclusive Q&A that Jeter and Hall of Famer Ernie Banks conducted together this summer at Wrigley Field.
There is also an in-depth interview with Jeter's parents, Charles and Dorothy, who shared entertaining and touching anecdotes from the future shortstop's childhood, and a photo gallery of Jeter's return to his old high school in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Fans can also read about Dick Groch, the former Yankees scout who signed Jeter; an eight-page pullout offering a timeline of Jeter's important milestones; and a selection of the first stories to mention Jeter in Yankees Magazine, beginning with the 1992 Draft recap.
"We tried to come up with the most well-rounded look at his career that we could possibly have, where we covered it from every different angle; really unique angles," Santasiere said. "That's what makes me proud, is that it's really complete and it looks good."
The publication also contains numerous vignettes from Jeter's contemporaries and rivals, who recall their favorite memories of Jeter's career.
Among those quoted: Hank Aaron, Bill Clinton, Joe Girardi, Reggie Jackson, Randy Levine, Eli Manning, Tino Martinez, Mark Messier, Gene Michael, Paul Molitor, David Ortiz, Buck Showalter, Hal Steinbrenner, Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal, Bud Selig, Joe Torre, David Wells, Bernie Williams, Dave Winfield and more.