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Champs: New York's Top 10 Most Loved Sports Figures

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1. Derek Jeter, Yankees

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Derek Jeter went out like a king in 2014, and fans soaked up every moment. The former Yankees captain announced in February that 2014 was to be his final season in pinstripes. Despite his somewhat subpar season, the Jeter retirement tour was a hit in every ballpark and was capped by that magical final appearance at Yankee Stadium in which Jeet walked off with the game-winning hit and a hometown send-off for the ages.