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Report: Yankees To Honor Nelson Mandela In Monument Park

Beloved Activist, World Leader Died Last Week At 95
Nelson Mandela after then-NYC Mayor David Dinkins presented him with a Yankees jacket and cup during a concert and rally at Yankee Stadium on June 21, 1990. Mandela told the crowd, "Now you know who I am. I am a Yankee." (Photo by Maria Bastone/AFP/Getty Images)

Nelson Mandela after then-NYC Mayor David Dinkins presented him with a Yankees jacket and cup during a concert and rally at Yankee Stadium on June 21, 1990. Mandela told the crowd, “Now you know who I am. I am a Yankee.” (Photo by Maria Bastone/AFP/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Yankees plan to unveil a plaque in Monument Park next season honoring Nelson Mandela, the beloved human rights activist and South African leader who died last week at age 95.

The plaque will pay tribute to Mandela’s June 1990 visit to Yankee Stadium, the Times reported.

“I am a Yankee,” Mandela, just months after being released from a South African prison, famously said at the old ballpark.

It won’t be the first plaque to share the space with legendary Yankees players, managers, broadcasters and ownership. Three papal visits are also commemorated at Yankee Stadium. In 2002, the team built a monument for the victims of the September 11 terror attacks.

The Yankees will unveil Mandela’s plaque on Jackie Robinson Day (April 15), the Times reported.

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