1 Dec 2009

Jeter named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated

7:58 am on 1 December 2009

New York Yankees baseball captain Derek Jeter has been named Sportsman of the Year by the U.S. magazine Sports Illustrated.

Jeter who won his fourth Gold Glove last season as best fielding shortstop in the American League, hit .334 with 18 home runs and stole 30 bases in his 15th season to lead the Yankees to the World Series championship.

During the Fall Classic against the Philadelphia Phillies, Jeter also received the Roberto Clemente Award, given to a Major League Baseball player who combines community service with excellence on the field.

The award, bestowed by the magazine annually since 1954, went to swimmer Michael Phelps last year.