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Yankees to honor Mandela in Monument Park

Monday - 12/9/2013, 4:19pm  ET

This handout image provided on Monday Dec.9, 2013 by the GCIS of the front page of the programme for the memorial service to late South African president Nelson Mandela. Scores of heads of state and government and other foreign dignitaries, including royalty, are beginning to converge on South Africa as the final preparations for Tuesday's national memorial service for liberation struggle icon Nelson Mandela are put in place. (AP Photo/HO, GCIS)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Nelson Mandela will be honored by the New York Yankees with a plaque in Monument Park.

The team said Monday the plaque will be dedicated during Jackie Robinson Day ceremonies before a game against the Chicago Cubs next April 15.

The former South African president, who died last week, gave an address at old Yankee Stadium on June 21, 1990, four months after the end of a 27-year imprisonment. He put on a Yankees cap and jacket and told the crowd: "You know who I am. I am a Yankee."

Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner says Mandela's visit "was a transcendent moment in the history of the original Yankee Stadium."

Steinbrenner says "we want this plaque to be an everlasting tribute to his indomitable spirit and unfailing dignity."


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