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Yankees’ Jeter Voted NY’s All-Time Favorite Athlete

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Derek Jeter (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Derek Jeter (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WFAN) – Move over, Babe Ruth.

Derek Jeter is New York’s all-time favorite athlete, according to a Siena College poll released on Tuesday.

Jeter edged Ruth 14 percent to 11 percent. Of the 801 New York State residents polled, the two Bronx legends were the only athletes to receive more than 4 percent of the vote. Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and the lone non-Yankee, Joe Namath, rounded out the top 5.

Jeter, the Yankees’ all-time hits leader, enters the 2011 season 74 hits away from 3,000. No Yankee — not even Ruth — has ever tallied 3,000 hits in pinstripes.

“It’s something that’s very hard to do,” Jeter said last month. “Not too many people have done it. Even though it’s not a Yankees’ record, it’s still a Yankee uniform.”

The Yankees also dominated as NY’s favorite team, garnering 30 percent of the top vote. The Mets and Knicks were in second with 11 percent. The Jets took fourth (9 percent), followed by the Giants (8 percent), Syracuse (6 percent), Buffalo Bills and Sabres (5 percent), Rangers (3 percent) and Islanders (less than 1 percent).

The poll was conducted between February 22 and March 1, with a +/- 3.5 percent margin of error.

Who’s your all-time favorite New York athlete? Let us know in the comments below!

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