I wasn’t in front of a computer late yesterday morning when the Yankees announced the details for this year’s Old-Timers’ Day. Here’s the necessary information from the Yankees…
The New York Yankees today announced that nearly 50 former Yankees will be on hand at the 66th annual Old-Timers’ Day on Sunday, July 1, at Yankee Stadium. Ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 11:15 a.m. with the traditional Old-Timers’ game to follow, both of which will be aired exclusively on the YES Network. The Yankees will then host the Chicago White Sox at 2:05 p.m., also airing on YES. General public gates will open to ticket-holding guests at 10:00 a.m. and fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 11:00 a.m. for the festivities.
The Old-Timers are headlined by several members of past Yankees’ World Series-winning clubs, including Hall of Famers Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Rich “Goose” Gossage, Rickey Henderson and Reggie Jackson. Former Yankees and current YES Network broadcasters David Cone, Paul O’Neill and Lou Piniella will also join in on the festivities.
Also on hand will be former Yankees managers Joe Torre and Stump Merrill. For Merrill, who currently serves as a Special Assistant to the General Manager, it will mark his first Old-Timers’ Day appearance. Gene Monahan, who retired at the end of the 2011 season after serving as a trainer in the Yankees organization for 49 years, will also make his Old-Timers’ Day debut.
Joining the Hall of Famers and former Yankees on the baselines will be the widows of five legendary Yankees—Arlene Howard, widow of Elston Howard; Helen Hunter, widow of Jim “Catfish” Hunter; Jill Martin, widow of Billy Martin; Diana Munson, widow of Thurman Munson and Kay Murcer, widow of Bobby Murcer.
List of those scheduled to attend
*Denotes first-time Old-Timer
Dr. Bobby Brown
Rich “Goose” Gossage