June Issue of Yankees Magazine – ON SALE NOW

June 7, 2012 – The June Issue of Yankees Magazine is on sale now.

The cover subject for this edition is Derek Jeter. After publishing several portraits and candid photos of the Yankees captain in the past, we selected a classic action shot for the cover this time around.

In my opinion, it was important to celebrate DJ’s signature swing, which has seen little change over the past 17 years and has produced 3,163 hits (as of June 6). The cover story was written by managing editor Kristina M. Dodge, who wrote about Jeter’s consistency over the years as well as the way he has dominated American League pitching since he came off the DL last June.

Dodge also discussed baseball’s all-time hit list, which Jeter has been rapidly climbing. Since becoming the 28th player in major league history to collect 3,000 hits (on July 9, 2011), Jeter has leapfrogged 11 Hall of Famers including Tony Gwynn, Dave Winfield, Wade Boggs and George Brett.

Jeter, who currently stands in 15th place on the all-time list, is 19 hits shy of overtaking Cal Ripken, Jr. who finished his career with 3,184 hits.

When it’s all said and done, who knows where Jeter will end up, but if his performance this season is any indication — he is currently batting .323 — it’s conceivable that he will be among the top five hitters in the history of baseball.

This issue also includes a photo essay on the second annual New York Yankees/New Era Pinstripe Bowl Golf Tournament, which took place on May 15.

After torrential rain storms on the morning of the charity outing, the sun came out, and the celebrities hit the links. Among those in attendance were former Yankees David Cone, Roy White and Mickey Rivers along with GM Brian Cashman. From the gridiron, former New York Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason and long-time Giants Mark Bavaro Howard Cross and Luke Petitgout were on hand.

As I wrote about on this blog a few weeks ago, my feature in the June edition details the Yankees long history of exhibition games at West Point. For this story, which I began researching last fall, I spoke to several former Yankees including Joe Pepitone, who shared one of the many memorable anecdotes from the 50-year tradition.

“Mickey [Mantle] and I stayed up late the night before [we played at West Point], and we missed the bus to West Point,” Pepitone told me. “I was living with Mickey at the St. Moritz Hotel, and Mickey told me to ask the bellhop to get us a limousine.

“Fortunately, we had our uniforms with us, and we literally changed into them on the way up there,” Pepitone continued. “We got there as the game was starting, and Mickey told the driver to pull onto the field. All of the cadets were applauding as we got out of the limo in our uniforms, but the manager wasn’t too happy with us.”

There are plenty of other great stories in this issue, which is available at Yankee Stadium. You can subscribe to Yankees Magazine  — print or online versions — through (800) GO-YANKS or www.yankees.com/publications.

–Alfred Santasiere III

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