By Jon Lane
Old Timer’s Day, always a fun afternoon in the Bronx, is coming up. The Yankees have announced this year’s participants.
The New York Yankees announced today that four Hall-of-Famers and at least six rookie Old Timers will be on hand at the 63rd annual Old Timer’s Day on Sunday, July 19 at Yankee Stadium. This season marks the inaugural Old Timer’s Day at the current Stadium after 62 years at the original Stadium. Introductions are scheduled to begin at 11:45 a.m. with the traditional Old Timers’ game to follow. The Yankees will then host the Detroit Tigers at 2:05 p.m.
The Old Timers are headlined by Hall of Famers Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Reggie Jackson and 2008 inductee Rich “Goose” Gossage. The list of newcomers includes Tony Cloninger, Mike Easler, Lindy McDaniel and Jerry Narron. Third baseman Charlie Hayes, who recorded the final out of the 1996 World Series, will also make his first Old Timers’ Day appearance, along with Chad Curtis, who won World Series titles with the Yankees in 1998 and 1999.
Joining the Hall-of-Famers and Old-Timers’ Day rookies on the baselines will be more than 30 additional former Yankees and the widows of four legendary Yankees — Arlene Howard, widow of Elston Howard; Helen Hunter, widow of Jim “Catfish” Hunter; Kay Murcer, widow of Bobby Murcer; and Diana Munson, widow of Thurman Munson.
Partial List of those scheduled to attend
(*Denotes First-Time Old-Timer)
Dr. Bobby Brown
Rich “Goose” Gossage
Ken Griffey, Sr.
Meredith Murray (B.P. Pitcher)
Bill “Moose” Skowron