Hitchcock, Nokes among new Old-Timers

Nearly 50 former Yankees scheduled to attend Sunday's festivities
06/25/2012 12:18 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Question: What has 114 career wins, 136 career home runs, and 15 years of service in pinstripes?

The answer is the trio of Sterling Hitchcock, Tanyon Sturtze, and Matt Nokes, who will be among five members of the Yankees family making their first appearances at Old-Timers’ Day this Sunday.

Hitchcock, who was drafted by the Yankees in 1989, made his Major League debut with the Bombers in 1992 and spent the first four seasons of his career in pinstripes.

After an 11-10 season in 1995, Hitchcock was traded to the Mariners (along with Russ Davis) for Tino Martinez, Jeff Nelson, and Jim Mecir, and eventually faced the Bombers in the 1998 World Series while with San Diego. He returned via trade in July 2001, and spent two more full calendar years in New York before being traded to St. Louis in August 2003 and then retiring the following year.

Sturtze came to the Yankees from the Dodgers in an April 2004 trade, and spent the next three seasons as a key member of the bullpen bridge to Mariano Rivera. From 2004-06, Sturtze went 11-5 with a 5.26 ERA and two saves in 110 appearances for the Bombers, and he made his last Major League appearance with the Dodgers in 2008.

Nokes joined the Bombers in a June 1990 trade, and spent the next four-plus seasons as the backstop on an emerging team. He hit .249 with 71 of those 136 career homers as a Yankee from 1990-94, and he retired in 1995 after spending the final days of his career as a teammate of Joe Girardi’s in Colorado.

In addition to those three, former Yankees manager and current special assistant to the GM Stump Merrill will be making his first Old-Timers’ Day appearance, as will former head trainer Gene Monahan – who retired at the end of the 2011 season but made a cameo appearance earlier this month during the Yankees’ series in Washington.

In all, the Old Timers’ Day celebration will include nearly 50 former Yankees, including many of the usual fan favorites – like Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, and Ron Guidry – and current YES Network broadcasters Lou Piniella, Paul O’Neill, and David Cone.

Those Yankees will also be joined by five very special ladies, who will be on hand representing their late husbands: Arlene Howard, widow of Elston Howard; Helen Hunter, widow of Jim “Catfish” Hunter; Jill Martin, widow of Billy Martin; Diana Munson, widow of Thurman Munson; and Kay Murcer, widow of Bobby Murcer.

The full list of Yankees scheduled to appear is below. The 66th annual Old Timers’ Day festivities are set to begin at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, July 1, with the Yankees’ game against the White Sox to follow at 2:05 p.m., and you can watch it all on the YES Network.

Scheduled Attendees for the 66th annual Yankees Old-Timers’ Day:

Luis Arroyo, Jesse Barfield, Yogi Berra, Ron Blomberg, Dr. Bobby Brown, Homer Bush, Jerry Coleman, David Cone, Bucky Dent, Al Downing, Brian Doyle, Cecil Fielder, Whitey Ford.

Oscar Gamble, Jake Gibbs, Joe Girardi, Rich “Goose” Gossage, Ron Guidry, Charlie Hayes, Rickey Henderson, Sterling Hitchcock, Arlene Howard, Helen Hunter, Reggie Jackson, Tommy John, Pat Kelly.

Don Larsen, Graeme Lloyd, Hector Lopez, Jill Martin, Tino Martinez, Lee Mazzilli, Stump Merrill, Gene Monahan, Diana Munson, Kay Murcer, Matt Nokes, Paul O’Neill, Joe Pepitone, Lou Piniella.

Willie Randolph, Bobby Richardson, Mickey Rivers, Aaron Small, Mel Stottlemyre. Darryl Strawberry, Tanyon Sturtze, Ralph Terry, Joe Torre, Bob Turley, Roy White, Bernie Williams. comments