Latino Hall of Famers honored at Stadium
As part of their continued celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Yankees recognized individuals from two noteworthy institutions, the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame and the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame, in special on-field ceremonies before Friday night’s game against the Giants. The Yankees have also published the second edition of Yankees Magazine En Español, the Spanish-language issue of the club’s flagship publication.
Former Yankees outfielder Felipe Alou, Latino Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2010, was on hand to recognize a few of the newly-elected members of the 2014 class, which include Bert Campaneris, Omar Moreno, Osvaldo Virgil and Moises Alou. The Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame will also have a pregame ceremony Saturday to announce the induction of former Yankees pitcher Vernon “Lefty” Gomez. Members of the Gomez family will be on hand, including Lefty’s daughter, Vernona Gomez.
“These two great Hall of Fame institutions honor the rich history of our national pastime, with a particular focus on the undeniable impact of the Latino ballplayer,” Yankees director of Latino affairs Manuel Garcia said. “As our fans know and appreciate, the Yankees and tradition go hand-in-hand, which is why we are honored to celebrate the accomplishments of these legendary athletes.”
Yankees Magazine has served as the team’s game-day program since its inception in 1980 and has strived to exceed the expectations normally associated with a team-based periodical. The second Spanish-language issue of Yankees Magazine En Español continues the publication’s dedication to serve its loyal readers in new and engaging ways. The magazine can be purchased online at http://www.yankees.com/publications and http://www.yankeesbeisbol.com or by phone at (800) GO-YANKS (800-469-2657).
“Last year’s publication of our first-ever Yankees Magazine En Español was such a hit with our fans, that we decided to make it a part of our annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration,” Garcia said. “To be able to have Mariano Rivera on the cover of this year’s edition makes the entire project even more special.”
Earlier this month, the Yankees celebrated the 2013 Yankees Latino MVP Award given to Mariano Rivera by http://www.latinobaseball.com, the winning teams of the 2012 Mariano Rivera and Robinson Cano Youth Baseball Tournaments (hosted by the Dominican Sports Foundation of New York) and five students from the League of Puerto Rican Women who each received scholarships from the Yankees Foundation.
In addition, the Yankees celebrated the sixth-annual Hispanic Heritage Month Community Achievement Awards, which recognized those who proudly serve the residents of the Bronx in the areas of the arts (El Diario La Prensa), athletics (Rolando Paulino Little League), business (Grand Slam Foundation, Inc.) and education (Luis Torres – Principal of P.S. 055).