|Yankee Stadium. Photo by Jason Schott|
The Yankees recently announced the roster of former Yankees who will be on hand for the 75th Old Timers' Day on Saturday, September 9, which will include a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the 1998 team, with 29 players from that 125-win team will be on hand.
The Captain, Derek Jeter, will be making his first Old Timers' Day appearance. The Hall of Fame shortstop led the Yankees to five World Series titles in his illustrious 20 years in pinstripes.
Old Timers' Day will include nine Monument Park inductees, seven of whom have had their numbers retired by the Bronx Bombers, starting with Hall of Famers Jeter, whose number 2 was retired, Mariano Rivera (42), the greatest closer ever who was part of five championship teams; and Joe Torre (6), the skipper who led them to four titles in the late 1990s; followed by 1978 Cy Young Award winner Ron Guidry (49), 1994 American League batting champion Paul O'Neill, whose number 21 was retired last summer; franchise strikeout leader Andy Pettitte (46), five-time All-Star Jorge Posada (20), 1998 World Series Game 1 hero and first baseman of the late 1990s dynasty Tino Martinez, and five-time Yankees All-Star Willie Randolph.
There will not be a game this year, but after the traditional Old Timers' Day introductions, there will be a new question and answer roundtable format in which the former Yankees greats will share memories of their time in New York. Yankees announcers Michael Kay and John Sterling will deliver the introductions, and they will be joined by Sterling's partner on radio, Suzyn Waldman, for the roundtable Q & A.
In addition to the nine former Yankees featured above, the following will also be taking part in the roundtable chat: Yankees Manager Aaron Boone, who won Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS with a walk-off homerun; 1978 playoff hero and World Series MVP Bucky Dent, 2009 World Series MVP Hideki Matsui, and three former Yankees who are currenly with the YES network, pitchers and members of the 1998 team David Cone and Jeff Nelson; and catcher John Flaherty.
All-gates will open at 11:30 AM, with ceremonies commencing at noon before the Yankees take on the Milwaukee Brewers at 2:05 p.m.
FULL LIST OF FORMER YANKEES SCHEDULED TO ATTEND:
Joan Ford (wife of Whitey Ford)
Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez
Derek Jeter (HOF)
Jill Martin (wife of Billy Martin)
Diana Munson (widow of Thurman Munson)
Kay Murcer (widow of Bobby Murcer)
Tim Raines (HOF)
Joe Torre (HOF)