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Yogi, Whitey and others to visit ESPN booth Sunday
Ideally, I should rewrite ESPN's news release about its plans for the final game at Yankee Stadium in my own words.
But after all that Mike Francesa transcription and answering 113 questions in my live chat, I don't feel like it.
So click below for the entire release, including the news that pre-game ceremonies will start on ESPN2 before the telecast switches to ESPN at 8 p.m.
Planned booth guests include Whitey Ford and Yogi Berra.
Much of America figures to be watching Cowboys-Packers on NBC, but New York will tune in, right?
Oh, and by the way, Newsday and Newsday.com will be covering this event thoroughly as well, featuring our own strong cast of journalism characters.ESPN will provide comprehensive, multiplatform coverage of the final game at Yankee Stadium Baltimore at New York Sunday, Sept. 21. In addition to the Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell telecast (8 p.m. ET), ESPN will offer more than seven hours of pre-game content, including pre-game ceremonies on ESPN2 (beginning at 7 p.m.) and post-game ceremonies on ESPNEWS. ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN2, ESPN2 HD, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN.com, ESPN360.com, ESPN Mobile TV, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS and ESPN International will contribute to the day-long tribute.
The game telecast will conclude ESPNs Sunday Night Baseball schedule, with the game also available in high definition on ESPN HD and via ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN International, ESPN360.com and ESPN Mobile TV. ESPNs telecast will be called by Jon Miller and Hall of Famer Joe Morgan with reporter Peter Gammons. The telecast will begin with a special open with Yogi Berra providing his reflections on the history of Yankee Stadium, along with special guests scheduled to appear in the booth: Berra and Whitey Ford (together), Billy Crystal, and former Negro League Rookie of the Year (1940) Mahlon Duckett, among others. The telecast will also showcase some of the most memorable Yankee Stadium moments.
Baseball Tonight host Karl Ravech, Hall of Famer Peter Gammons, analysts John Kruk, Steve Phillips and Buck Showalter and reporter Buster Olney will be on site, providing commentary throughout the day across various ESPN news and information programming.
ESPNs Day-Long Yankee Stadium Coverage
SportsCenter Specials (1-3; 4-6 p.m.), Baseball Tonight (6 p.m.) and SportsCenter
Live reports and discussion with commentators from Yankee Stadium;
Interviews with current and former Yankee players and executives;
A re-air of the 30 Yankee Stadium vignettes recounting some of the most memorable events ever held at the landmark venue;
Classic innings in New York Yankees history.
(ESPN will re-air Yankee Stadium: Baseballs Cathedral presented by Chevy, a one-hour documentary produced by MLB, at 3 p.m.)
Yankee Stadium Pre-Game Ceremonies
ESPN2, ESPN Radio, ESPN360.com and ESPN Mobile TV will present all pre-game ceremonies live from Yankee Stadium.
New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles (8 p.m.)
ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes and ESPN International will present the final game from Yankee Stadium.
ESPNEWS will cover the entire post-game ceremonies live, with ESPN offering coverage within SportsCenter.
Additional Multi-Platform Yankee Stadium Coverage
ESPN2 will televise Baseball Tonight beginning at 7 p.m., including live coverage of the pre-game ceremonies.
Joe DAmbrosio will be on-site to present pre- and post-game reports and coverage of the pre-game ceremonies. Gary Thorne and Dave Campbell will describe the game.
ESPN Deportes will televise a series of specials including Beisbol Esta Noche (Baseball Tonight) at 6 p.m., SportsCenter at 6:30 p.m. both with live reports from Yankee Stadium and Beisbol Esta Noche from 7:30-8:15 p.m. featuring live coverage of the pre-game ceremonies. Ernesto Jerez will call the game on ESPN Deportes, with analyst Candy Maldonado and reporter Guillermo Celis.
ESPN International will distribute the game to 108 countries.
Beginning September 21 at 12 a.m. (Sept. 20 at 9 p.m. PT), ESPN Classic will televise 20 consecutive hours of programming featuring events which occurred at Yankee Stadium.
Time (ET) Event
12-2 a.m. 1976 ALCS, Game 5: Royals vs. Yankees Chris Chambliss hits a walk-off home run to send
the Yankees to the World Series
2-4 a.m. 1977 World Series, Game 6: Dodgers vs. Yankees Reggie Jackson hits three home runs in
the deciding game of the World Series
4-5 a.m. 1983 Red Sox vs. Yankees Dave Righetti pitches Yankees first no-hitter since Don Larsens
perfect game in the 1956 World Series
5-6 a.m. 1983 Royals vs. Yankees the George Brett pine tar incident
6-7 a.m. 1993 Indians vs. Yankees Jim Abbott no-hits the Indians
7-9 a.m. 1996 World Series, Game 6: Braves vs. Yankees the Yankees win their first World Series
title since 1978
9-10 a.m. 1998 Twins vs. Yankees David Wells becomes the first Yankee to toss a perfect game
during the regular season
10-11 a.m. 1999 Expos vs. Yankees on Yogi Berra Day, when Don Larsen threw out the ceremonial
first pitch, David Cone tosses the 15th regular season perfect game in baseball history
11 a.m.-1 p.m. 2001 World Series, Game 5: Diamondbacks vs. Yankees Scott Brosius hits a home run with two outs, in the bottom of the ninth inning, to tie the game. The Yankees won 3-2 in 12 innings.
1-2 p.m. 2003 ALCS, Game 7: Red Sox vs. Yankees Aaron Boone hits a pinch hit, game-winning
home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to advance the Yankees to the World Series
2-2:30 p.m. 1993 Max Schmeling vs. Max Bear
2:30-3 p.m. 1936 & 1938 Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling I & II
3-3:30 p.m. Joe Louis Greatest Hits, Volume 1 including his KO of Arturo Godoy at Yankee Stadium
3:30-4 p.m. 1946 Joe Louis vs. Billy Conn II
4-5 p.m. Joe Louis Greatest Hits, Volume IV including his KO of Jersey Joe Walcott in 1947 at Yankee Stadium
5-6 p.m. 1950 Joe Louis vs. Ezzard Charles
6-6:30 p.m. 1954 Rocky Marciano vs. Ezzard Charles
6:30-7:30 p.m. 1955 Rocky Marciano vs. Archie Moore
7:30-8 p.m. 1957 Sugar Ray Robinson vs. Carmen Basilio
ESPN.com will feature:
A recap of some of the top moments in Yankee Stadium history;
Blogs and live chats from Yankee Stadium;
An article by ESPN.com writer Wright Thompson looking back at Yankee Stadium moments;
An archive of the 30 Yankee Stadium vignettes.