02/13/2004 1:44 PM ET
Major League Baseball Productions, YES Network present Yankeeography: Elston Howard
2004 season premiere of signature biography series profiles the Yankees first African-American player
Major League Baseball Productions and the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network (YES) will present "Yankeeography: Elston Howard," a comprehensive look at the life of the Yankees' first African-American player, on Tuesday, February 17 at 10 p.m. (EST) on the YES Network. Yankeeography: Elston Howard is the 2004 season premiere of Yankeeography, the signature biography series that brings the greatest names in Yankees history to life. Produced by Major League Baseball Productions and airing exclusively on the YES Network, the episode coincides with the celebration of Black History Month.
"Yankeeography: Elston Howard" chronicles Howard's life both on and off the baseball diamond. The program looks at his childhood in St. Louis, his days as a member of the Negro Leagues and his career in Major League Baseball, where he became a significant figure in Yankees and baseball history. The show will highlight many of Howard's on-field accomplishments, including becoming the first African American to play for the Yankees; the first African American to win the World Series Most Valuable Player Award; the first African American to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award; and the first African American to coach in the American League (Yankees 1968).
The show provides viewers the opportunity to get to know Howard, an 11-time All-Star who remains relatively unknown among many baseball and Yankees fans. Viewers will see a variety of exclusive footage including interviews with Howard's former Yankees and Negro League teammates, including Ernie Banks, his roommate during his first season with the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues.
"Creating 'Yankeeography: Elston Howard' gave us the unique opportunity to highlight a player who was an integral part of the Yankees success in the 1950s and 1960s, but whose impact on the game is not widely known," said David Gavant, Executive Producer and Vice President, Major League Baseball Productions. "This program illustrates how Howard overcame adversity to become one of the best catchers of his era and a key contributor for one of the most storied franchises in Major League Baseball history."
Major League Baseball Productions, which has produced the Yankeeography series for the YES Network since 2002, garnered two New York Sports Emmy® Awards in 2003 -- Best Series and Best Segment/Series of Segments -- for its work on Yankeeography.
The Major League Baseball Productions creative team for the Yankeeography series includes: David Check, Jeff Spaulding, Jeff Scott, Jim O'Hara, Brian Barrow, Jed Tuminaro, Jason Weber, Kristen Snyder, Merideth Eckert, Griffen Partilla and Leslie Macher.
About Major League Baseball Productions
Major League Baseball Productions is the Emmy® award-winning television and video production division of Major League Baseball. With unparalleled access to the game and its players, Major League Baseball Productions produces original programming for growing audiences worldwide through its network specials, exclusive home videos, commercials and other specialty programming.
About the YES Network
The YES Network is a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week premier sports and entertainment television network featuring the 26-time World Champion New York Yankees Major League Baseball team and the Eastern Conference Champion New Jersey Nets. The YES Network is available to viewers in
New York, Connecticut, and large parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In addition to 134 Yankees games and 75 Nets games, YES broadcasts other professional and collegiate sports teams as well as classic sports footage. The YES schedule also includes original biography, interview and magazine programs (www.yesnetwork.com).