Silver Screen and Baseball Diamonds

June 13, 2011 – The June issue of Yankees Magazine hit the shelves last week, and it’s packed with must-have content.

If you’re not sure of the impact that catcher Russell Martin is going to have on the 2011 Yankees, you should read managing editor Ken Derry’s feature. The story will fill you in on the life of one very fascinating Yankee.

This issue also features a photo essay on the inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl Charity Golf Tournament. This spread includes colorful photos of all of the colorful personalities who took part in the day — including Rex Ryan, Brian Kelly and Carl Banks from the gridiron and Brian Cashman, David Cone and John Flaherty from the diamond.

In one of the most interesting stories Yankees Magazine readers have seen, contributing writer Rick Cerrone ranks the old Yankee Stadium’s top 10 most memorable movie appearances.

In that feature, you will not find the movie *61 — because it took place in Tiger Stadium — but you will find It Could Happen to You, starring Nicolas Cage and Bridget Fonda, which Cerrone points out was the big screen debut of Bob Sheppard.

One of my all-time favorite movies, For Love of the Game, is also on the list at No. 5. The Kevin Costner flick, which, according to Cerrone, provides the most extensive footage of Yankee Stadium ever included in a film, even shows viewers the rarely seen tunnels of the original Yankee Stadium.

If you’re a fan of the Yankees or of the Silver Screen, you will be riveted by this feature, which lists The Camera Man (1928) as Yankee Stadium’s greatest movie role. You’ll have to pick up the issue to find out why!

My contribution to this issue is a Five Minutes with… interview with John Walsh, the host and creator of America’s Most Wanted. Through my interview with Walsh, I gained an even greater level of respect for him. Walsh’s unwavering efforts in the wake of his son’s abduction saved an infinite number of children from the same fate, because criminals were identified on the show and subsequently taken off the streets.

I also learned something about A.J. Burnett from Walsh. When Burnett played for the Florida Marlins, he observed the Marlins efforts in recovering abducted children and was inspired to make major contributions to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Since that time, Burnett and Walsh have become friends.

Pick up this issue and enjoy the stories I previewed — along with many others.

–Alfred Santasiere III

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