The Yankees have announced the roster of former Yankees who will be on hand at the 73rd annual Old-Timers’ Day on Sunday, June 23, at Yankee Stadium, which is the 11th Old-Timers’ Day at the current Stadium.
Mariano Rivera, the best closer in baseball history who will be inducted into Cooperstown this July as the first player unanimously elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, will be making his Old-Timers’ Day debut.
The native of Panama amassed an all-time Major League-record 652 career saves. A lifetime Yankee (1995-2013), he was a 13-time All-Star and a member of five World Series championship-winning Yankees teams (1996, ’98-2000, ’09).
Along with Rivera, the Old-Timers’ Day roster will also feature fellow Hall of Famers Whitey Ford and Reggie Jackson, with current Yankees Manager Aaron Boone and Hitting Coach Marcus Thames. Former Yankees players and current YES Network broadcasters David Cone, John Flaherty and Paul O’Neill will also take part in the festivities.
Joining the Hall of Famers and former Yankees on the field will be the widows of five legendary Yankees—Helen Hunter, widow of Jim “Catfish” Hunter; Jill Martin, widow of Billy Martin; Diana Munson, widow of Thurman Munson; Kay Murcer, widow of Bobby Murcer; and Jean Stottlemyre, widow of Mel Stottlemyre.
Also making their Old Timers’ Day debut are Jerry Hairston Jr., who was acquired by the Yankees at the 2009 trade deadline and played a role in bringing the 27th World Championship home to the Bronx, and Jason Grimsley, who appeared in 118 games as a member of the Yankees bullpen in their 1999 and 2000 championship seasons.
Fans are asked to be in their seats by 11:30 a.m. for Old-Timers’ introductions with the traditional Old-Timers’ game to follow. All of the pregame celebrations will be aired exclusively on the YES Network. The Yankees will then host the Houston Astros at 2:05 p.m., also airing on YES. All gates will open to ticket-holding fans at 10:00 a.m.
Former Yankees Scheduled to Attend (*first-time Old-Timer):
Dr. Bobby Brown
Jerry Hairston Jr.*