“NYRA is proud to honor baseball’s all-time best relief pitcher and one of the greatest Yankees ever to don pinstripes,” said NYRA CEO & President Dave O’Rourke a statement issued Monday.
“Saratoga Race Course has seen plenty of champions, and on Friday we’ll pay tribute to another one as we toast a New York sports legend during his own special day here at the Spa before he heads off to Cooperstown.”
The special visit to Saratoga Race Course comes one week before Rivera departs for Cooperstown where he will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as the first unanimous selection in history.
Rivera is Major League Baseball’s career saves leader, compiling 652 over 19 stellar seasons with the Yankees. He helped lead the Bronx Bombers to seven American League pennants and five World Series Championships during a career that saw him selected for the All-Star Game 13 times.
Edited by HRI STAFF