Randolph to be honored at 69th edition of event, scheduled today
By Spencer Fordin
It's time for another Old-Timers' Day.
The Yankees are hosting the 69th annual Old-Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium today. This is the seventh edition of Old-Timers' Day at the new stadium, and the game will honor a great Yankee of recent vintage.
The Yankees will unveil a plaque to honor former second baseman Willie Randolph, who played in five All-Star Games and won two World Series during his 13-year tenure with the team. Randolph later came back and spent 11 seasons as a coach with the Yanks, winning four more rings.
This year's Old-Timers' Day will feature its usual share of former icons and legends. Seven Hall of Famers will be involved, including Yogi Berra, Wade Boggs, Whitey Ford, Rich "Goose" Gossage, Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson and Joe Torre. Berra, who celebrated his 90th birthday on May 12, was recently the subject of a petition drive to honor him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
In addition to the Hall of Famers, 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 -- will be invited to participate.
Bucky Dent, author of the famous homer in 1978 that beat the Red Sox, will be back for Old-Timers' Day, and so will Chris Chambliss, who hit the home run that won the 1976 American League Championship Series. Don Larsen, who pitched the only perfect game in World Series history, will also attend.
Here is the list of players expected to attend Old-Timers' Day:
Dr. Bobby Brown Homer Bush
Rich "Goose" Gossage
Ken Griffey Sr.
Arlene Howard (widow)
Helen Hunter (widow)
Jill Martin (widow)
Gene "Stick" Michael
Gene Monahan (trainer)
Diana Munson (widow)
Kay Murcer (widow)
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.