Almost 30

The
May issue of Yankees Magazine will become
one of the great keepsakes of the 2010.

While
the complete edit lineup is not yet in place and much of the content will be
decided on in the upcoming weeks, this much is known — the issue will celebrate
Yankees Magazine’s 30th
Anniversary, and it will feature a comprehensive story on former catcher Rick
Cerone.

Cerone
will be featured in the May issue because he was on the first cover of Yankees Magazine, which came out on May
17, 1980. At that time, he was an up-and-coming backstop, who was putting up
career numbers in his first season in the Big Apple.

I
spent St. Patrick’s Day (yesterday) with Cerone in his hometown of Newark, New
Jersey. We visited his grammar school, the church he attended when he was a kid
and the apartment he grew up in. We also got an up-close look at the Newark
Bears Stadium, which he built from the ground up during the time he owned the
Independent League team.

Of
course, Cerone’s fondest baseball memories were created at Yankee Stadium.

“I
grew up in a neighborhood where everyone was a die-hard Yankees fan,” Cerone
said at Newark’s Luigi’s Restaurant. “When I think about the fact that I wore
the pinstripes for seven years, I have to pinch myself.”

There
will be plenty of other special features in this collectible magazine, and I
will preview them on this blog before the issue comes out. 

–Alfred
Santasiere III

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