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Bombers Boomer Broadway Classic coming June 14

Yankee Stadium will be the site of the Bombers Boomer Broadway Softball Classic Thursday, June 14. The second annual doubleheader will feature two seven-inning games with current Broadway performers facing off in the first game and WFAN Radio All-Stars and television personalities opposing Yankees alumni in the second game.

Those scheduled to participate include former Yankees Ron Blomberg, Homer Bush, Brian Doyle, John Flaherty, Charlie Hayes, Lee Mazzilli and Mickey Rivers; singer Joe Jonas; Broadway stars Nick Jonas, Kathleen Marshall, Kelli O’Hara, Jeremy Jordan, Paul Nolan and Constantine Maroulis; WFAN morning show personalities Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton; TV star Steve Schirripa; NBC’s co-host of Today’s Professionals Star Jones; CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo and Fox 5 Good Day New York hosts Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto.

Prior to the first game, Michael Cerveris, a 2012 Tony Award Nominee for his role in Evita, will perform the national anthem before taking the field with the Broadway stars.

Members of the Broadway Show League consisting of various Broadway stars will form the two teams in the event’s first game, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. The second game between WFAN All-Stars and Yankees alumni will start at approximately 12 noon.

A limited number of tickets are available for purchase by visiting the Boomer Esiason Foundation website (http://www.esiason.org) or through the Actors Fund (www.actorsfund.org). Proceeds from the event will benefit the Boomer Esiason Foundation Fighting Cystic Fibrosis and The Actors Fund.

Gates will open at 9 a.m. Credential-holding guests should enter the Stadium only through the Gate 4 Suite Entrance.

Yanks first wore pinstripes one century ago

April 11 is an anniversary of sorts for the Yankees. On this date exactly 100 years ago, they wore pin-striped uniforms for the first time. An urban legend grew up that the Yankees went to pin-striped home uniforms in the 1920s to camouflage Babe Ruth’s girth, but that was just a myth.

Ruth was an athletic figure when he came to the Yankees from the Red Sox in 1920 and did not put on excessive weight until later in the decade by which time the pinstripes had become a major part of the team’s identity.

The Yankees were in their last year at old Hilltop Park on Manhattan’s upper west side and the last season in which they went by the nickname Highlanders when they displayed pinstripes for the first time April 11, 1912, four days before RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic.

Contrary to another myth, the Yankees were not the first ballclub to wear pin-striped uniforms. The Cubs had worn them as far back as 1907. The Yankees returned to plain white home unis in 1913, their first year at the Polo Grounds, but brought back the pinstripes for good in 1915 and have worn them ever since, adding the inter-locking “NY” logo in the 1920s. They were also the first baseball team to wear numbers on the backs of uniforms on a regular basis starting in 1929.

With the Yankees in Baltimore to complete a three-game series at Camden Yards, they could not celebrate by wearing pinstripes because they were wearing road grays, but they will show off the famous home uniforms Friday at Yankee Stadium.

Gates will open at 11 a.m. for the 110th home opener that will start at 1:05 p.m. with the Yankees against the Angels, featuring their prized, off-season acquisition – three-time National League Most Valuable Player Albert Pujols.

Former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada will throw out the ceremonial first pitch following a rendition of the National Anthem by Jeremy Jordan from the cast of the Broadway musical Newsies and a Navy F-18 Super Hornet flyover. Another Broadway performer, Paul Nolan in the title role from Jesus Christ Superstar, will sing “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch.

The Yankees have a 72-36-1 record in home openers and have won 13 of their past 14, 18 of 20 and 24 of 28. They won a record 11 straight home openers from 1998 through 2008 and are 6-0 all time in home openers played April 13.

HOPE Week goes to Broadway

The Yankees led off HOPE Week Monday by celebrating Daniel Trush and Daniel’s Music Foundation (DMF). Yankees players Russell Martin, Nick Swisher, Francisco Cervelli, Hector Noesi and Chris Dickerson surprised the honorees at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre prior to their Broadway debut.

The players rehearsed with DMF singers and musicians and then took to the stage as part of the performance. The Yankees invited the group back to the Stadium to sing the national anthem and attend that night’s game against Seattle.

The Yankees were joined by former Yankees center fielder and Latin Grammy Award nominee Bernie Williams, Broadway cast members from Anything Goes, Book of Mormon, Catch Me If You Can, Million Dollar Quartet and Wonderland along with other special guests, who will all lend their talents to the performance.

In March 1997, one of five undiagnosed arterial brain aneurysms struck Daniel Trush, then 12 years old. He fell into a 30-day coma and remained hospitalized for 341 days. Music became an important part of Daniel’s healing process. Ken Trush, his father, sang to Daniel in the hospital and kept music constantly playing on a bedside stereo.

His family established DMF in February 2006. The not-for-profit organization provides free music instruction to individuals with disabilities in the five boroughs of New York City. Programs are open to the widest range of individuals possible without limitations on age, disability or talent.

“Daniel could have been a victim,” Ken said. “He could have been a cheerleader, giving motivational speeches about how far he has come. But that Knute Rockne stuff only goes so far. He works with our students every day. He gives those with disabilities a forum where they can prosper and be the people they were meant to be.”

Celebrity softball game June 27 at Stadium

Former Yankees stars, performers from the Broadway stage and personalities from WFAN Radio will participate in the Bombers Boomer Broadway Softball Classic Monday, June 27, at Yankee Stadium.

The inaugural doubleheader will feature two seven-inning games, the first at 11 a.m. pitting two teams of current Broadway stars and the second at 1 p.m. pairing WFAN All-Stars and television personalities with Yankees alumni.

Those scheduled to take part include Broadway stars Aaron Tveit, Tom Wopat and Edie Falco; former Yankee players David Wells, Jeff Nelson, Cecil Fielder, Charlie Hayes, Mike Stanley, Jesse Barfield and Joe Pepitone; WFAN’s morning show duo Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton; Cake Boss “Buddy” Valastro, TV star Steve Schirripa, CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo and Fox 5’s Good Day New York hosts Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto.

The Boomer & Carton show will broadcast live from the Stadium from 6 to 10 a.m. on-air and online at http://www.wfan.com that morning, and will be simulcast on MSG Network, followed by Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on WFAN.

Prior to the first game, Tveit – the star of Broadway’s Catch Me If You Can – will perform the national anthem before taking the field with the Broadway stars.

A limited number of tickets are available for purchase by calling the Boomer Esiason Foundation at 646-292-7930. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Boomer Esiason Foundation Fighting Cystic Fibrosis and The Actor’s Fund. Gates will open at 10 a.m.

Museum honors legacy of ‘The Boss’

What more appropriate time than the beginning of the Subway Series at Yankee Stadium for the team to unveil a new exhibit at the New York Yankees Museum presented by Bank of America at Yankee Stadium that honors the legacy of the late principal owner George M. Steinbrenner III.

“The Boss: Remembering George M. Steinbrenner III” opened Friday as the Yankees prepared to play the Mets for the start of the Subway Series, which continues with games Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. The exhibit aims to capture Steinbrenner’s dedication to winning, his motivation to take the Yankees to the top of baseball and his quiet generosity.

The exhibit includes a variety of Steinbrenner’s championship rings, including all seven of his World Series rings (1977, ’78, ’96, ’98, ’99, 2000 and ’09), his American League Championship Series rings from 1976, 2001 and 2003, two rings from the Olympics (1994, ‘96), his 1977 All-Star Game ring and a 1967 Rose Bowl ring.

Fans can also get up close with Steinbrenner’s straightforward leadership style with the “Lead, Follow, or Get the Hell Out of the Way” sign from his desk at the original Yankee Stadium.

Photographs from the Associated Press are also on display, plus original artwork from the late Bill Gallo of the New York Daily News and presented to the Steinbrenner family at the 2009 Welcome Home Dinner. The exhibit also captures Steinbrenner’s passions off the field with a 1970 Tony Award for the Broadway musical, Applause, and an opening night Playbill from the show, which he co-produced.

Additional awards on display include the “Pride of the Yankees” Award presented to the Steinbrenner Family at the 2009 Welcome Home Dinner, the 1998 “Team of the Year” ESPY Award and the 1999 “Sportsman of the Year” trophy from The Sporting News. In addition, select items are available for viewing from Steinbrenner High School in Tampa, Fla., which was named in honor of the Boss for his commitment to the community – in particular the schools and school system.

‘Boss’ Trophy to be unveiled Tuesday

The blizzard that struck the Eastern seaboard forced the postponement of Monday’s New Era Pinstripe Bowl Kickoff Event at the Times Square Visitor Center at 1560 Broadway. The event has been rescheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Visitor Center, which has its entrance on Seventh Avenue between 46th and 47th Streets in Manhattan.

The New Era Pinstripe Bowl will pit Syracuse against Kansas State at 3:20 p.m. Thursday at Yankee Stadium, the first college football bowl game in New York since 1962. Among the festivities Tuesday will be the unveiling of the George M. Steinbrenner championship trophy that will be presented to the winning team after the game.

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will be on hand Tuesday along with team president Randy Levine and chief operating officer Lonn Trost to launch Bowl Week in New York. Kansas State director of athletics John Curie and representatives of Syracuse will also be in attendance as well as cast members from the Tony Award nominated Broadway musical Rock of Ages, plus the Kansas State band and the school’s mascot, Willie the Wildcat.

Fans will be able to purchase tickets to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl all week at the Times Square Visitors Center all week as well at all Ticketmaster outlets and online at http://www.pinstripebowl.com.

Wednesday, the Empire State Building will get into the act. The north and south sides of the building will be lit orange and white for Syracuse, and the west and east sides will be lit purple and white for Kansas State.

Two guys named George

Fans of the Yankees and “Seinfeld” reruns may satisfy both pleasures this week as the TBS cable network will honor the memory of George Steinbrenner with classic episodes that featured the late principal owner from the series that had its initial nine-year run (1989-98) on NBC and is now seen in syndication.

The Boss did not portray himself in the show. An actor named Lee Bear was shot from the back usually seated at a big desk, and Steinbrenner’s voice was provided by head writer Larry David, who is now the star of his own “Curb Your Enthusiasm” sitcom on HBO.

One of the show’s lead characters, George Costanza, played by Jason Alexander, lands a job with the Yankees as assistant traveling secretary. “The Opposite,” the finale of the fifth season in which Costanza gets hired, will begin the tribute week, which will end with “The Muffin Tops,” the last episode that featured the Steinbrenner character in which he trades Costanza for new chicken concessions at Yankee Stadium.

The schedule follows. Just disregard for the time being that in real life series star Jerry Seinfeld is a Mets fan who is a season ticket holder at Citi Field.

Monday, July 19: 7 p.m., “The Opposite” – George convinces Steinbrenner to give him a job; 7:30 p.m., “The Secretary” – George finds out Steinbrenner’s secretary makes more than he does.

Tuesday, July 20: 7 p.m., “The Race” – George heads to Cuba to recruit baseball players for Steinbrenner; 7:30 p.m., “The Wink” – Steinbrenner lists all the people he has fired over the years.
 
Wednesday, July 21: 7 p.m., “The Hot Tub” – Steinbrenner convinces George that a hot tub is the perfect way to relieve stress; 7:30 p.m., “The Caddy” – George’s father (Jerry Stiller) confronts Steinbrenner about a traded player.

Thursday, July 22: 7 p.m., “The Calzone” – Steinbrenner gets the idea to put Yankees clothes in a pizza oven; 7:30 p.m., “The Nap” – George’s napping habits at work lead Steinbrenner to think he has ESP.

Friday, July 23: 7 p.m., “The Millennium” – George does everything he can to get fired, but Steinbrenner loves what he does; 7:30 p.m., “The Muffin Tops” – George’s relationship with the Yankees finally ends when Steinbrenner trades him.

The “Bombers Boomer Broadway Softball Classic,” featuring Boomer Esiason and Broadway celebrities, had been scheduled for Monday at Yankee Stadium but has been canceled due to the deaths last week of Steinbrenner and public address announcer Bob Sheppard. Information regarding a possible rescheduling of the event will be released at a later date.

Celebrity softball event July 19

General admission tickets priced at $10 apiece for the “Bombers Boomer Broadway Softball Classic” July 19 at Yankee Stadium went on sale Tuesday. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Boomer Esiason Foundation Fighting Cystic Fibrosis and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. In addition, the Yankees will donate 2,500 tickets to Bronx-area camps and youth league teams.

Fans may purchase tickets online at http://www.yankees.com or via Ticketmaster phone at 877-469-9849 or Ticketmaster TTY at 800-943-4327. Subject to availability, tickets will also be sold at the Yankee Stadium box office only on the day of the event.
 
The inaugural doubleheader will include two seven-inning games with current Broadway stars facing off in the first game and WFAN Radio All-Stars and VIP guests playing Yankees alumni in the second game. 
 
Scheduled to attend the “Bombers Boomer Broadway Softball Classic” are Broadway stars Corbin Bleu and Matthew Broderick; former Yankees Oscar Gamble, Charlie Hayes, Pat Kelly and Joe Pepitone; WFAN’s No. 1-rated morning show personalities Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton; Brandon Jacobs of the football Giants and “Good Day New York” hosts Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto. WFAN’s Boomer & Carton show will broadcast live from the Stadium beginning at 6 a.m. that day. The four-hour program can be heard on-air at 660AM or online at http://www.wfan.com.
 
Constantine Maroulis, the Tony-nominated star of “Rock of Ages,” will perform the national anthem before taking the field with the Broadway stars. Members of various Broadway shows will form two teams in the event’s first game, scheduled to begin at 11:40 a.m. Following the first game, “Rockers on Broadway in the Bronx” – with cast members from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical “Memphis” as well as “Billy Elliott,” “Jersey Boys” and “Rock of Ages” – will perform on the warning track behind the plate.

Between games, Katie Rose Clarke from the Broadway show “Wicked” will perform the national anthem. The second game, between the WFAN All-Stars and Yankees alumni, will start at approximately 1:45 p.m.

Fans holding tickets for the “Bombers Boomer Broadway Softball Classic” can only enter the Stadium through the Great Hall between Gate 4 and Gate 6 beginning at 9:30 a.m. Select Broadway stars, former Yankees players and WFAN personalities and VIP guests will greet fans and sign autographs in the Great Hall from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

 

Downtown Joe

Yankees manager Joe Girardi will represent the 2009 World Series champions at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the unveiling of a granite strip commemorating last fall’s ticker-tape parade down the Canyon of Heroes.

The skipper will join Elizabeth H. Berger, president of the Alliance for Downtown New York, and a dozen members of the Downtown Little League Yankees at the ceremony at 233 Broadway on the west side of the street in front of the historic Woolworth Building.

The Downtown Alliance, the business improvement district serving lower Manhattan south of Chambers Street, has embedded a strip for each of the 204 parades that have run along the famed Canyon of Heroes parade route on lower Broadway. Downtown Alliance chairman Robert R. Douglass will also attend the ceremony.

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