NEW YORK – The New York Yankees have honored the late Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, with a plaque in Monument Park as part of their Jackie Robinson Day festivities.
Mandela’s grandson Zondwa Mandela and Jackie Robinson’s wife, Rachel, helped unveil the plaque that hangs next to the tribute to Jackie Robinson. The anti-apartheid activist, who ushered in reconciliation in South Africa as its president, died in December at the age of 95. Mandela spoke at Yankee Stadium on June 21, 1990, just four months after completing a 27-year prison sentence. During his speech he declared, You know who I am. I am a Yankee.
Around the leagues
A fundraising campaign is underway to save New Jersey’s Hinchliffe Stadium, one of the few stadiums still in existence where Negro League games were played. Dustin Pedroia returned to Boston’s lineup, but Mike Napoli dropped out because of a dislocated ring finger on his left hand. The Mets are bringing up pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka to replace John Lannan. Seattle placed Logan Morrison and Blake Beavan on the 15-day disabled list. Texas left-hander Joe Saunders cut short a bullpen session because of pain in his left ankle.