ON SALE NOW – The Women’s Issue of Yankees Magazine

August 9, 2011 – Long before the first pitch of tonight’s game was thrown, history was made at Yankee Stadium.

Today, the August issue of Yankees Magazine went on sale. This is The Women’s Issue.

The Women’s Issue is truly the first of its kind. It’s the first issue of an official team publication in American professional sports dedicated to women.

Not only am I proud of that fact, but also I am also prideful about the collection of stories and photographs on the pages of this groundbreaking publication. I proud to share the story of how this issue came about, and I’m am overjoyed by the reaction to this issue.

While there are so many women who deserve to be featured in this pioneer publication, getting them all in would have been impossible. With that said, we tried to choose the most appropriate and significant group that we could.

The cover features a photo of Joan Steinbrenner, wife of the late George Steinbrenner, Yankees vice chairperson Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal, Yankees vice chairperson Jessica Steinbrenner and Christina Steinbrenner, wife of Yankees co-chairperson Hal Steinbrenner.

The Steinbrenner women could not have been more supportive, and Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal not only gave her blessing to the project, she assisted in the editorial process and provided wonderful suggestions throughout the process.

The cover story, which was written by senior editor Kristina Dodge, is on the philanthropic work of the Steinbrenner family, and it brings to life the many ways our cover subjects have given back for so long. Kristina also wrote several sidebars on the charitable work of many of our players’ wives, and I wrote a two-page sidebar on one of the classiest people I’ve ever met — Rachel Robinson. As I wrote in the article, without Rachel Robinson’s strength and encouragement, it’s hard to imagine that Jackie Robinson would have been … Jackie Robinson.

I’ve had the opportunity to interview quite a few people in my time with the Yankees and, but my interview with former United States secretary of state Condoleezza Rice is the one I consider to the best of my career. Secretary Rice, who is pictured below with my wife Tiana and I, provided brilliant perspective on everything from 9/11 and it’s effect on America’s security to the significance of The Women’s Issue of Yankees Magazine.

Yankees assistant GM Jean Afterman and senior VP of marketing Debbie Tymon authored their own feature stories, and they absolutely must-reads.

From the two-sided poster, which features photos of all of the New York and Tampa based female employees of the Yankees to bios on the eight female department heads in the organization, to a story about a few female employees who have each been with the Yankees for 30 or more years, the “Women of the New York Yankees” section runs the gamut.

The same can be said for the Trailblazers section, which details several people who have furthered the development of women’s sports. That section includes stories about Billie Jean King, Jennie Finch, Mia Hamm and coaches Pat Summitt, Mike Candrea (pictured below in his Tucson, Arizona home) and Geno Auriemma.

We got Bergen Record sports writer Tara Sullivan to write about her own journey. We authored stories about Title IX, women’s baseball during World War II, women’s baseball today and Babe Ruth’s daughter, Julia Ruth Stevens.

In other words, this issue is as comprehensive as they come, and because of the hard work of the publications team of Ken Derry, Kristina Dodge, Nathan Maciborski, Ariele Goldman and Craig Tapper, and the photography of James Petrozzello and Lou Rocco, every page stands out.

All of this would not have come about if not for my wife Tiana, who in a casual conversation last fall about potential Yankees Magazine stories said, “What about a Women’s Issue?”

This is Tiana’s brainchild, and I am grateful to her for literally bringing such an innovative idea to the dinning room table.

Lastly, in the day and half since copies of this issue entered the Stadium, the response to it has been overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic. To everyone whose kind words have made my day, I say thank you.

–Alfred Santasiere III

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