"The history of baseball in Latin America is long and illustrious, which is why the creation of the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame makes sense," said Manuel Garcia, the Yankees Director of Latino Affairs. "Having an institution such as this is not only important for the recognition of so many superstars, but also for the promotion of our national pastime on the international stage. We are excited to have this photo exhibit in our stadium. I know our fans will enjoy it."
On Thursday, September 11, Cuban Jazz trumpeter, pianist and composer Arturo Sandoval will perform "God Bless America" during the Yankees' scheduled 7:05 p.m. game vs. the Tampa Bay Rays. The 10-time Grammy Award winner has performed with the likes of Celine Dion, Alicia Keys and Justin Timberlake and has contributed composing work on the entire underscore of the HBO movie based on his life, For Love or Country, starring Andy Garcia.
"Arturo Sandoval, a protégé of Dizzy Gillespie, is not only a legendary musician with 10 Grammy Awards but also a great representative of the American dream," Manuel Garcia said. "From his well known defection from Cuba to his receipt of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013 at the White House, he is a symbol of what the United States is truly about. We are honored to have him perform 'God Bless America' on September 11 at Yankee Stadium."
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 third ever 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 atwww.yankees.com/publications and www.yankeesbeisbol.com.
Earlier this month, the Yankees kicked off the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration with an on-field ceremony recognizing 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 six deserving Hostos students which has allowed each student to continue to attain their respective educational goals.
Additional on-field ceremonies saw the Yankees celebrate the Raiders Baseball team of the Bronx, Dominican Republic Tourism and the eighth-annual Hispanic Heritage Month Community Achievement Awards, which recognizes those who proudly serve the residents of the Bronx in the areas of the arts (Bronx Museum of the Arts), athletics (South Bronx United), business (Mastermind Ltd.) and education (P.S. 73).
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. 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: