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New York Yankees to honor Cory Lidle throughout 2007 season; Team to wear black armband on uniform as tribute
02/15/2007 11:30 AM ET
The New York Yankees announced today that they will honor the memory of right-handed pitcher Cory Lidle, who passed away last October 11, by wearing a black band on the left sleeve of their home and road uniforms throughout the 2007 season.

The Yankees have previously worn markings and patches on their uniforms to honor a player's memory or to commemorate a special day or event. The Yankees most recently donned a uniform patch in 2005, wearing a Salvation Army emblem on the right sleeve of their uniforms in support of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.

A partial record of honorary uniform markings worn by the Yankees (courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame) is listed below:

1920 -- Black armband on left sleeve to honor Cleveland shortstop Ray Chapman
1929 -- Black armband on left sleeve to honor Manager Miller Huggins
1948 -- Black armband on left sleeve to honor former player Babe Ruth
1979-80 -- Black armband on left sleeve to honor teammate Thurman Munson
1981 -- Black armband on left sleeve to honor former player Elston Howard
1985 -- Black armband on left sleeve to honor clubhouse manager Pete Sheehy
1986 -- Black armband on left sleeve to honor former player Roger Maris
1990 -- Number "1" on left sleeve to honor former player and manager Billy Martin
1995 -- Black armband on left sleeve and later the number "7" above the armband to honor former player Mickey Mantle
1996 -- Black armband on left sleeve to honor broadcaster Mel Allen
1999 -- Number "5" on left sleeve to honor former player Joe DiMaggio
1999 -- Black armband on left sleeve to honor former player Catfish Hunter
2000 -- Black armband on left sleeve to honor former player Bob Lemon

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