It’s All Here
September 5, 2010 — I can’t remember an issue of Yankees Magazine that has had content as
diverse as the September issue — which came out on Friday.
I have previewed several of those stories on this blog over the
summer, but now, they are all yours.
The cover story takes our readers into Nick Swisher’s life,
which is pretty good these days according to managing editor Ken Derry.
The issue also features Yankees history, a present-day Yankees
legend, a look into the Yankees future and one of the greatest stories of
giving back. And lest I forget, we threw in some football and music.
What does all that mean?
Well, the historical features include my story on the 1929
semi-pro game in which Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig came to my hometown of South
Orange, N.J. (pictured below) and left an indelible mark on everyone who was there to witness
it, including my beloved grandmother, Mildred Santasiere.
That story is followed by a sidebar that details a game that
Whitey Ford pitched on the very same field in 1952. As you’ll see, Whitey
accompanied me back to Cameron Field this summer for an exclusive photo shoot.
Alex Rodriguez hit his 600th home run on August 4, and a
behind-the-scenes look at that day can be found in this issue.
The Yankees future is bright, not only because of the players on
the team’s big-league roster, but also because of Jesus Montero, the 20-year
catcher of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. I spent a day with Montero, and I
am confident that he will be an important piece of the Yankees puzzle for years
The Yankees have certainly given back to people in need this
summer, and that was never more apparent than during HOPE Week. For five days
in late August, Yankees players and coaches made a difference in the lives of
some very special people, and those incredible accounts are in this issue.
Senior editor Kristina Dodge previews the upcoming Jay-Z/Eminem
concerts at Yankee Stadium while also looking back at some of the musical acts
who performed at the old Yankee Stadium. Dodge takes Yankees Magazine
readers through past Stadium concerts of Ray Charles, the Isley Brothers, U2,
B.B. King and Billy Joel.
And lastly, there’s two Q&A’s with men of the gridiron,
including Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti of the Miami Dolphins’ perfect team of
–Alfred Santasiere III