The New York Yankees today announced the organization's continued celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. As part of this year's initiative, 10-time Grammy Award-winner Eddie Palmieri will be the special guest in the organization's monthly Spanish-language press conference on Tuesday, September 13, at 4:00 p.m. Also on that date and in association with the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Palmieri will engage fans prior to the Yankees-Dodgers game at the Pepsi Food Court on the third-base side of the Field Level, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to take part in salsa lessons courtesy of the Lorenz Latin Dance Studios and ¡Retumba!, a multi-ethnic all-female music and dance ensemble founded in 1981.
Born in Spanish Harlem and raised in the Bronx, Palmieri is one of the most regarded pianists of the past half-century. A bandleader, arranger and composer of salsa and Latin jazz, he is known for his ability to skillfully fuse the rhythms of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his jazz influences. He transcended the genre in the 1960s and '70s with his unconventional style that included mixing American Jazz into Afro-Caribbean rhythms. In addition to his 10 Grammy Awards, he has earned numerous other recognitions in his career, including two performances that were recorded by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History for its archives in 1988.
For the first time, a special Hispanic Heritage Month supplement in Spanish has been included in the September edition of Yankees Magazine, the club's official game-day program. Yankees Magazine has served as the team's official game-day program since 1980 and has strived to exceed the expectations normally associated with a team-based periodical. The unique September edition of Yankees Magazine 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].
Additional on-field ceremonies will see the Yankees celebrate the "Little Yankees" from the youth International Baseball League, the New York League of Puerto Rican Women and the ninth annual Hispanic Heritage Month Community Achievement Awards, which recognizes those who proudly serve the residents of the Bronx in the areas of the arts (Glenda Ifill of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club), athletics (Aureo Cardona of the Sports Foundation), business (Stephen Stritch of the Mercy Center), education (Ramon Gonzalez of MS 223) and social responsibility (Fabio Cotza of Safe Horizon).
Since mid-August, the Yankees Spanish-language Twitter and Instagram accounts have participated in a special Hispanic Heritage Month ticket giveaway contest. Select fans have won tickets this season to home games during the month of September by posting a picture showcasing their "Yankees Pride" using #YankeesHHM. For more information on the contest and to participate while still applicable, please visit the Twitter and Instagram accounts listed below.
To learn more about these and other events, fans can also visit the team's official Spanish-language website, www.yankeesbeisbol.com and click 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 Sunday, October 2, vs. the Baltimore Orioles. 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:
Twitter & Instagram: @Yankees_beisbol and @LosYankeesPR