Jeter starring off the field as well

Derek Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation has raised some $3.5 million since it was founded in 1996.

Updated: January 20, 2004, 9:36 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
  • Harry "The Cat" Breechen passed away on January 17 at the age of 89. An illustration of him graces the cover of the 1947 Spink Official Baseball Guide, a testament to his three-win performance over the Red Sox in the previous year's World Series. He won 127 games for the Cardinals and another five for the Browns during their last year in St. Louis (1953) where he was a teammate of both Satchel Paige and Don Larsen. That's a pretty decent total considering his big league career didn't really get rolling until he was 28. As this New York Times biography points out, 1948 was his best season. His stat line that year looks like it came from a different man's career. Breechen (whose name had one of those "you had to be there to hear it for yourself because you'd never guess it by reading pronunciations" -- Bra-keen) transitioned to Baltimore with the Browns where he became the pitching coach for 14 seasons.

  • Terry Foster of the Detroit News wonders if the Tigers are doing the right thing by pursuing Ivan Rodriguez. The correctness of it has to do with their true motive, he writes.

  • What does Derek Jeter do in his spare time (when he is not aggravating his team's owner by staying out too late)? He raises money for his Turn 2 Foundation, a program aimed at getting kids to live drug -- and alcohol -- free lifestyles while focusing on academics. Joey Johnston of the Tampa Tribune writes that Jeter's organization has raised some $3.5 million since it was founded in 1996. ``My parents did a great job raising me and my sister [Sharlee],'' Jeter told Johnston. ``Not everybody has that kind of support group. That's where we want the foundation to kick in, to provide some light at the end of the tunnel.''

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