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Yankees to play exhibition at West Point

Bombers to face Army on March 30 at 2 p.m.
01/16/2013 4:20 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
The Yankees have added one last spring stop outside of Florida to their schedule, agreeing to play an exhibition game against the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. on Saturday, March 30.

The game against Army, set for 2 p.m. at Johnson Stadium at Doubleday Field, will come one day after the Yankees face the Washington Nationals in an exhibition game in Washington, D.C., and just two days before they open the season against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.

"It’s a tremendous honor for our organization to play at West Point, which is one of our country’s most historically significant institutions," said New York Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner in a statement released by the team. "The Yankees have always held the nation’s servicemen and servicewomen in the highest regard. Playing in this game is our way of showing appreciation for their valor and the sacrifices made by all members of the United States armed forces.”

The Yankees and the USMA have a long-standing relationship, as the two teams played 21 previous exhibition games at West Point between 1927 and 1976. The Yankees have won all 21 of those meetings, and seven of the games played between 1961 and 1972 had extra importance for then-skipper Ralph Houk, who was an Army armored corps officer in World War II.

Also, in 1982, the Bombers conducted two days of preseason workouts at the school’s fieldhouse at the behest of George Steinbrenner, who wanted the team to avoid wintry conditions at Yankee Stadium.

Army’s football team has also hosted several games at both the old and new Yankee Stadiums, with the most recent being the Black Knights’ 27-12 loss to Rutgers in November 2011.

According to the Yankees’ official release, ticket information for the game will be available in late February at the USMA athletic department’s official website, www.goarmysports.com.

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