NEW YORK -- On Father's Day this Sunday, Yankees fans will be invited to enjoy a doubleheader of favorites from the franchise's past and present, as the 72nd annual Old-Timers' Day will be played before the series finale against the Rays.Many familiar faces will appear at Yankee Stadium, including Hall
NEW YORK -- On Father's Day this Sunday, Yankees fans will be invited to enjoy a doubleheader of favorites from the franchise's past and present, as the 72nd annual Old-Timers' Day will be played before the series finale against the Rays.
Many familiar faces will appear at Yankee Stadium, including Hall of Famers Reggie Jackson and Whitey Ford, plus YES Network broadcasters David Cone, Paul O'Neill and John Flaherty. This year's game will also feature a handful of relative newcomers, as Andy Pettitte, Jason Giambi, Nick Swisher, Dion James and manager Aaron Boone are scheduled to make their Old-Timers' Day debuts.
Pettitte, Giambi and Swisher will be the "young" old-timers playing on Sunday, as their Major League careers ended in 2013, '14 and '15, respectively. James last donned the pinstripes during the Yankees' World Series Championship run in 1996, and Boone finished his playing career with Houston in '09.
Joining the Hall of Famers and former Yankees on the field 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.
Not only is this event memorable for those in attendance, who will watch their favorites take the field another time, but it's also something that the former Bombers are looking forward to.
"The best thing about it, I think, is when you're able to come back to Yankee Stadium with the rest of the great Yankees and be a part of it," Jackson said last year. "It's a good feeling."
Fans are asked to be in their seats by 11:30 a.m. ET for introductions, with the Old-Timers' Game to follow. All pregame festivities will be aired exclusively on YES Network. All gates will open to ticket-holding fans at 10 a.m.
The Yankees will then host the Tampa Bay Rays at 2:05 p.m., wearing a blue ribbon on their uniforms along with blue wristbands as part of a league-wide effort to raise awareness about prostate cancer and raise funds for research to fight the disease.
Fans can also root a little bit harder for home runs to be hit this weekend, as the annual Prostate Cancer Foundation "Home Run Challenge" gives spectators the chance to make a one-time monetary donation or pledge for every home run hit by their favorite MLB Clubs; the challenge began on June 1, and it runs through Father's Day on Sunday. Every dollar donated through the Home Run Challenge goes to the Prostate Cancer Foundation to fund critical research to defeat prostate cancer.
Here is the full roster of former Yankees expected to attend Old-Timers' Day:
Dr. Bobby Brown
Gene Monahan (trainer)
Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.