The New York Yankees today announced the organization's continued celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. As part of this year's initiative, 15-time Emmy Award-winner Sonia Manzano will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the 7:05 p.m. game between the Yankees and Orioles on Tuesday, September 8. In addition, the Yankees have also published the fourth annual installment of Yankees Magazine en Español, the Spanish-language edition of the club's official game-day program. For the first time, Yankees Magazine en Español features two distinct covers, spotlighting the first two Puerto Rico-born members of Monument Park, Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams.
Manzano, a first-generation American of Latino descent, was raised in the South Bronx and is best known for her portrayal of "Maria" on the critically acclaimed children's program Sesame Street. First offered the part in the early 1970s, she went on to star in the role for 44 years and also win 15 Emmys as a writer for the show. In addition, she is an accomplished Broadway actress, speaker, and author, having published two books this year - Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx and Miracle on 133rd Street. An influential role model, she has touched the lives of millions for over four decades.
"For 44 years, Sonia Manzano has portrayed one of the most iconic Latina characters in television history - 'Maria' on Sesame Street," said Manuel Garcia, Yankees Executive Director of Latino Affairs. "Raised in the South Bronx, her award-winning accomplishments throughout her career have made her a true inspiration to many in our community. We are very excited to have her participate in our annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration and I know her appearance in Yankee Stadium will trigger many childhood memories for our wonderful fans."
Yankees Magazine has served as the team's game-day program since its inception in 1980 and has strived to exceed the expectations normally associated with a team-based periodical. The fourth Spanish-language issue of Yankees Magazine en Español continues the publication's dedication to serve its loyal readers in new and engaging ways. The magazine can be purchased online at www.yankees.com/publications and www.yankeesbeisbol.com/publicaciones or by phone at (800) GO-YANKS [800-469-2657].
In an on-field ceremony prior to the game vs. the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, September 24, the Yankees will recognize the Carlos Beltran Scholarship Program at Hostos Community College. In conjunction with the Carlos Beltran Foundation, the program granted scholarships, based on merit and financial need, to four deserving Hostos students which has allowed each student to continue to attain their respective educational goals.
Additional on-field ceremonies this month will see the Yankees recognize the Hispanic Committee's 50th Anniversary, the eighth annual Hispanic Heritage Month Community Achievement Awards, a team from the Rolando Paulino Baseball Little League and five students from the League of Puerto Rican Women who each received scholarships from the Yankees Foundation.
Fans can learn more about these and other events by visiting the team's official Spanish-language website, www.yankeesbeisbol.com and clicking on the special Hispanic Heritage Month section. While there, fans can also participate in an online sweepstakes for the opportunity to win tickets to the final regular season home game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, October 1, vs. the Boston Red Sox. Up-to-date information on all of the team's Hispanic initiatives can also be found on the following Yankees Spanish-language social media outlets: