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A GIFT TO NELSON MANDELA TRUST
May. 12, 2014
SOUTH AFRICAN WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC TOP A GIFT TO NELSON MANDELA TRUST FUND
2013 World BASEBALL CLASSIC TOP “No. 2” worn by Rick Magnante was found left behind, at the hotel the SA team occupied during the playoff competition at Roger Dean Stadium Jupiter South Florida and found by Mike Ward of Chatterbox.
Magnante the South Africa team manager in the 2006 and 2009 WBC's and 2013 playoffs, but did not qualify for the 2013 World Baseball Classic. He is the current 2014 Snappers new Manager and will be entering his eighth season as a member of the Athletics organization.
At the New York Yankee Stadium on April 15th the SA “#2” playing tops pride was restored and handed to the grandson of late President Mandela, Zondwa Mandela as momenta on the historic day in the presence of the South African Consul General George Monyemangene, Sello Hatang, CEO of “The Nelson Mandela Foundation” and Harry Belafonte the world renowned singer and will be show cased at the Nelson Mandela Foundation Headquarters in New York.
The SA top is significant as it represents the number worn during South Africa’s first and only World Baseball Classic victory in May 2013 during a playoff game against France which South Africa won 5-2 in 11 innings.
The gift represents a gesture to the family from the Baseball fraternity in South Africa who were honored in the plaque that symbolizes a goal for SA baseball players to aspire to and one day repeat those famous words as a future Yankee. “You know who I am, I am a Yankee”
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