Mandela to get spot in Monument Park

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


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.”