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Honors abound around Yankees

CC Sabathia will be among nine former members to be inducted in the Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame at ceremonies Wednesday in San Diego. The Yankees’ ace cannot attend the induction because the Yankees are home against the Orioles, but accepting on his behalf will be his wife, Amber, and his mother, Margie Sabathia-Lanier.

Others to be honored include Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. (1996 Best Supporting Actor in Jerry Maguire), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole) and Emmy Award-winning actor Powers Boothe (24). CC can match them with a major trophy of his own – the 1997 American League Cy Young Award.

Also to be inducted are singer-songwriter Ne-Yo, American Ballet Company soloist Misty Copeland, National Congress of American Indians leader/advocate Ernest Stevens Jr., Major General Darren W. McDrew (Commander of Andrews Air Force Base) and Anthony Lee Ervin (winner of seven NCAA swimming titles and 2012 Olympics contender). Actor Courtney B. Vane will be the master of ceremonies for the event at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego.

Frank Costa, who is retiring after 23 years as general sales representative of the Yankees, was honored before Saturday’s game on the field at Yankee Stadium with his wife, Sylvia, and their four grandchildren. Frank and Sylvia also celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary. Yankees captain Derek Jeter on behalf of the team presented Costa with an autographed baseball that had the inscription, “To Frank, a Yankee forever.”

Longtime Yankees media relations director Arthur Richman will be inducted posthumously into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center in Commack, N.Y., on Long Island. Richman, who died in 2009, was in the Yankees’ media department for more than 25 years after a sportswriting career at the New York Mirror and as the travel director of the Mets. In the latter role, Richman conducted several tours of major-league All-Star teams to the Far East.

Special day rekindles fond memory

One of the coolest rewards for a team winning the World Series is a trip to the White House during the next season. Although other Presidents met with teams and players on a few occasions, Ronald Reagan made it pretty much an annual event during his two terms in office in the 1980s continuing through today with the Yankees set to meet Barack Obama.

It may seem old hat to the Yankees’ famed Core Four of Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada since they will be feted by their third President, joining Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. The event has expanded quite a bit over the years with media coverage that is much more widespread these days.

I had a chance to experience such a visit in 1987 with the Mets the year after they won the World Series. It always reminds me of Arthur Richman, a baseball behind-the-scenes legend who died last year after 20 years as a special consultant to the Yankees as part of a 50-year connection with the game first as a reporter and then as a team official.

Arthur was the travel director of the Mets at the time and made the arrangements, which included inviting 10 writers to travel with the team on a charter flight to DC. Unlike today where reporters have to make a separate entrance through the press gate and view the ceremonies from afar, the writers back then were part of the traveling party and got an up-close view of the proceedings in the Rose Garden.

I never got to meet Reagan, but shortly after the ceremony while the players were milling around the President, Arthur came up to me and said, “Follow me. I want you to meet somebody.” We entered this side room and there was the senior George Bush, then the Vice President, with a small group of people around him.

Arthur had known him for years and was so friendly with him that when he brought me up to him he said, “Jackie, say hello to Bushie.”

Bush never flinched and held out his hand, so I was able to shake hands with a Vice President. Quite a memory, and one that flashes through today, a very special one for the Yankees.

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