After that, "The Scooter" stopped playing in Old Timers' Games and became one of two, along with Joe DiMaggio , to wear a suit and not put on the uniform.
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More recently, in Whitey Ford and Yogi Berra wore suits instead of uniforms and rode onto the field in a golf cart because of their age and health. In , Reggie Jackson made his first appearance at Yankee Stadium since retiring as a player. In the game, he got a hit, and made a shoestring catch in right field, belying his image as a great hitter but a poor fielder.
In , the Yankees celebrated the 20th anniversary of the , and World Series that they played against the Los Angeles Dodgers , and invited some members of those Dodger teams. The game was won on a home run by Willie Randolph against Tommy John , who played in all three of those World Series, for the Dodgers in and and for the Yankees in , on the losing side each time. In , Luis Sojo hit the game-winning home run off of Ron Guidry. In , the Yankees celebrated the 60th anniversary of the World Series championship team.
However, Yogi Berra missed the day due to a fall. In , Tino Martinez hit a two-run home run off of former teammate David Cone. In , Hideki Matsui hit a home run off of Cone into the upper deck. In , the Yankees celebrated the 40th anniversary of their team. In , Mariano Rivera pitched, played center field catching a fly ball bit by Sojo , and batted hitting an inside-the-park home run.
Bobby Brown ; and Reggie Jackson. Joe DiMaggio returned in for his first time, and returned every year until his death with the exception of , a span of 46 years, the second-longest tenure of any Yankee Old Timer. Hector Lopez has appeared at every Old Timers' Day since , surpassing DiMaggio in with his 47th appearance; through the playing, Lopez has appeared 53 times.
Don Larsen , David Wells , and David Cone have all attended in recent years, allowing the Yankees to have all three of their pitchers who have thrown a perfect game in the stadium at the same time. In , the Los Angeles Dodgers revived their old-timer's game after 18 years of absence. The inaugural game, played on the evening of July 19, , was particularly memorable; thenyear-old Luke Appling connected off Warren Spahn for a foot home run to left field.
In February , Commissioner of Baseball Peter Ueberroth announced that the Cracker Jack games would be replaced by a series of old-timers games, to be played at each of the then MLB ballparks, sponsored by the Equitable Life Assurance company.
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Louis on May 17 and ending in Detroit on August In February , it was announced that the Equitable Old-Timers Series would have a new name and new sponsor; the Heroes of Baseball Series would be sponsored by the Upper Deck Company , with a game series starting on April 14 in Minnesota and ending on September 1 in Montreal. On May 1, , the Boston Red Sox held their first old-timers game at Fenway Park,  marking years of ownership by the Yawkey family.
Starting in , five games were held as part of the annual Equitable Old-Timers Series. The game of May 17, , was themed to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the pennant-winning Red Sox , and Fenway welcomed back 19 alumni of the team including Williams and Dom DiMaggio. Starting in , three games were held as part of the annual Heroes of Baseball Series.
The game of May 11, , included non-playing appearances by Ted Williams then 72 and Joe DiMaggio then 76 , in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the MLB season , when Williams batted. The Red Sox held an alumni game at Fenway Park on May 27, , before a regular season game against the Atlanta Braves ; it was the Red Sox' first old-timers' game since From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved June 12, Retrieved November 25, The New York Times.
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More Mo: Rivera revels on Old-Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium
Retrieved June 23, Chicago Tribune. July 6, Retrieved May 20, — via newspapers. A career 0-for-6 hitter in the regular and postseason, he stepped in against Scott Kamieniecki and roped the first pitch to right-center field. Rivera raised his arms in triumph when he connected, motored around first and second and speed up a little heading home to easily score as the ball kept rolling toward the wall.
Rivera induced a double-play grounder from Williams and retired Sojo on a groundout. Rivera was introduced last among the 43 former players and family members and received a thunderous ovation from the crowd as emcee John Sterling introduced the closer by saying: "He's used to being the last person on the field.
The year-old Rivera was back in the Bronx six months after receiving all votes in balloting conducted by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
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Rivera said he has not started the speech, but thinks writing it will come naturally as he makes sure to include everyone he wants to mention. Rivera is baseball's career saves leader with a With a calm demeanor and a fearsome cut fastball, he helped the Yankees win five World Series over 19 seasons and was always at his best in October, getting 42 saves with a 0.
He could be a two-plus inning closer. If you went into that part of the ballgame behind a run or two, the ballgame was over. Among other first-time participants were current manager Aaron Boone, who has the Yankees in first place and also hit a ball into the left-field seats during batting practice. With less than a month remaining before he officially goes into the Hall of Fame as the first unanimously player selected to baseball's highest honor, Rivera was thoroughly enjoying everything about Old-Timer's Day, from shagging fly balls in the outfield with Charlie Hayes, being flanked by his three sons and talking to the media.
But in an exhibition game that sometimes loses steam following the introductions, this was all Rivera. First, he relieved David Cone and then tried to give Paul O'Neill something to hit, only for his former right fielder to hit into a double play on a cutter. On the broadcast, O'Neill hollered: "Turn it down a little bit!
Mo, I told you to throw it straight! Rivera, who always wanted to hit, finally got an at-bat and on the first pitch he roped a line drive to center field where Jeff Nelson was playing. He motored past first, easily reached second, sped to third and scored standing up on an inside-the-park homer.
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To me, it was spectacular. Appropriately Rivera closed it out for the save, something he first did on May 17, and then did times in the regular season to end his career as baseball's all-time saves later.