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Stadium Honors for Mandela

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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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