Yankees Magazine edition dedicated to women

The professional sports world in America has not been a men-only province for a long time as the current issue of Yankees Magazine that goes on sale Tuesday will attest. The club’s flagship journal is the first team publication in American professional sports to dedicate an entire issue to women.

Yankees fans will get an up-close look at the females in the organization and those pioneers in baseball and other sports that have changed the landscape of the industry.

The cover of the issue features a photograph of Joan Steinbrenner, widow of the late George M. Steinbrenner III; Yankees vice chairperson Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal; vice chairperson Jessica Steinbrenner and Christina Steinbrenner, wife of Yankees co-chairperson Hal Steinbrenner. The edition includes a feature story about the philanthropic work of the Steinbrenner family and the charitable endeavors of several Yankees players’ wives.

“Where else but with the New York Yankees do you have the opportunity to create history on any given day,” team vice president and assistant general manager Jean Afterman said. “I am proud to participate in the first-ever professional sports team magazine devoted to women. It’s great to be a Yankee every day, and on the day that this issue goes to print, the Yankees will again prove how historic this organization is.”

Jean is among the women featured in the magazine, along with Yankees senior vice president of marketing Deborah Tymon, plus such female icons as tennis legend Billie Jean King, softball pitcher Jennie Finch and soccer star Mia Hamm, among others. Yankees fans who listen to radio voice Suzyn Waldman on WCBS-880AM and watch clubhouse/on-field reporter Kimberly Jones and studio host/Yankees Magazine moderator Nancy Newman on the YES Network will get the chance to know them better. Also featured is a look at the office women behind the scenes who have been fixtures in the organization for more than three decades.

“We are excited to launch such a unique issue of Yankees Magazine, and one that celebrates the contributions of women throughout the sports world,” Yankees director of publications Alfred Santasiere III said. “The Women’s Issue is certain to be a keepsake to Yankees fans and sports fans because it is the first of its kind.”

Yankees Magazine, which has served as the team’s game-day program since its inception in 1980, is available at Yankee Stadium, through 800-GO-YANKS or online at http://www.yankees.com/publications.

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